Massive forest fire in Pedrógão Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra Portugal, has claimed about 43 lives in Portugal as reported by fire officials. In addition, the fire has consumed properties as it rages on.
Many died while trying to flee the scene of the fire. At the moment 43 people have been counted dead however the death toll could rise.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa while talking about the incidence described it as,
“Unfortunately this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires,”
Also, Secretary of State for the Interior Jorge Gomes said that three people died from smoke inhalation and 18 people travelling in four cars died on the road linking Figueiró dos Vinhos to Castanheira de Pera.
Media in Portugal said the fire is no closer to being contained despite about 600 firefighters working to put them out.
Among the 59 injured was an eight-year-old girl with burns found wandering alone close to the fire, the Correio do Manhã newspaper reported
Six firefighters are seriously wounded, national broadcaster RTP said, and two are reported missing.
The Correio do Manhã warned that many areas hit by the fire had not yet been reached by authorities, so the death toll was likely to increase.