25 dead in central Portugal forest fires

25 dead in central Portugal forest fires

25 dead in central Portugal forest fires

More than 20 people have been killed in forest fires in central Portugal, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road, officials said early Sunday.

Gomes told reporters that among the dead, two of them are victims of a road accident, while four of the injured are in serious condition.

The fire, which started yesterday, is still burning out of control and is already one of the deadliest in Portugal in decades.

The blaze spread Saturday to Pedrogao Grande community, forcing residents to flee the area to escape towering flames.

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted that he is "overwhelmed by the tragedy at Pedrogao Grande. I never thought it would come to this side", she said Sunday.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa said: Unfortunately this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed sadness over the loss of lives in a forest fire in Portugal. "We were afraid the fire would reach us".

The commission said France had offered the use of three planes, which "will be quickly sent to assist the local emergency efforts". He says "we want to send a big hug to everyone in Portugal for what they are going through, which is absolutely awful".

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"Sad to learn of tragic loss of lives in the forest fire in Portugal. The Portuguese people can count on our solidarity, support and care". Citing the high temperatures, it said that all outdoor fires were prohibited.

Various villages around the vicinity were affected by the main fire and evacuation procedures had been put in place for some of them.

Gomes gave a grim description of the deaths to RTP. Others died from smoke inhalation.

"I express my closeness with the dear Portuguese people for the devastating fire that is affecting the forests around Pedrogao Grande, causing many deaths and injuries". Pedrogao Grand is about 120 miles north of Lisbon.

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