Portugal awaits foreign help to fight deadly wildfires

At Least 58 Dead in Central Portugal Wildfires Many Killed in Cars

At Least 58 Dead in Central Portugal Wildfires Many Killed in Cars

At least 19 people dead in #fire in #Portugal.

The government set up centers near the scene to help people who lost their homes and some nearby schools will remain closed for now, Costa said in Pedrogao Grande on Sunday in comments broadcast by RTP.

The blaze is believed to have been started by lightning hitting a tree.

"Dry thunderstorms are frequent when falling water evaporates before reaching the ground because of high temperatures", wire services noted.

About 35 forest fires continued to burn across the country yesterday, with more than 2,000 firefighters and 700 vehicles mobilised.

"I am close to the dear people of Portugal, hit by a devastating fire which is raging in the forests around Pedrogao Grande, causing many victims and injuries", he said.

Within a few hours, the flames have rapidly spread from the municipality of Pedrogão Grande to Castanheira de Pêra e Figueiró dos Vinhos and further along four fronts surrounding several villages, killing and injuring civilians and destroying houses and roads. Just over 1,000 firefighters are still tackling that blaze about 90 miles (150km) north of Lisbon.

There are fears the death toll could rise, as a number of people are still missing.

A huge wall of thick smoke and bright red flames towered over the top of trees near houses in the wooded region.

Moment of silence for London fire victims
Her First Secretary of State, Damian Green, defended the prime minister, saying she was as "distraught as we all are". London police said Monday that 79 people were now believed to have died in the high-rise apartment building fire.

Starling told The Associated Press on Monday that he had to speed around trees that had fallen on the road and had to go off the road.

"Some people stayed. Now we're waiting to see".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he thinks the Brexit negotiations will yield "a happy resolution that can be done with profit and honor for both sides.". "We were afraid the fire would reach us". The rest of the bodies were found outside of the cars or in the forest, the official said. Spain and France are sending aircraft to assist in efforts to douse the flames, authorities say. France was also sending three aircraft.

Another 17 bodies were found next to the roads and 10 were recovered from the rural areas surrounding them.

PM Modi tweeted, "Sad to learn of tragic loss of lives in the forest fire in Portugal".

Also previous year, a fierce wildfire caused massive evacuation in Portuguese island of Madeira.

"We are most likely facing the biggest tragedy of human life that we have known", he said. In August, four people were killed in a blaze on the popular tourist island of Madeira.

The forest fires began late on Saturday. He said that "it was not possible to do more than what has been done" in prevention and responding to the fire.

In a statement, the Secretary-General said he spoke earlier today with the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and with the Prime Minister, António Costa, expressing his "deep sadness". Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy promised to provide any support necessary.

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