At least 57 killed in wild fires with many burned to death in their cars
where was the fire today? Raging forest in fire in critical Portugal have killed at least 57 people. many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road.
Nearly 60 different people have been injured, including four firefighters. Prime Minister Antonio Costa has defined as ‘the most important tragedy of human existence. The fatalities befell in the Pedrogao Grande vicinity, approximately 95 miles north-east of the capital Lisbon. wherein approximately 700 firefighters have been trying to positioned out the fires due to the fact Saturday. Interior Ministry official Jorge Gomes stated, as a minimum 16 humans have been killed when their vehicles had been engulfed through flames on an avenue among the towns of Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera. and 3 others died from smoke inhalation in Figueiro dos Vinhos. This morning, it was claimed that the fire was commenced after a tree burst into flames while it turned into struck by means of lightning. No information has yet been given on how the others were killed.
A massive wall of thick smoke and bright red flames towered over the top of trees near houses in the wooded region. Local television showed terrifying images of several people on a road trying to escape. The intense smoke that had reduced visibility to a few meters. Mr. Costa said firefighting crews are having difficulties in coming to the area. because the flames are ‘very intense’. He added that Portuguese authorities are working on identifying the victims. and Spanish rescuers are assisting in efforts to control the blazes. He said investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the fire. But authorities believe the fact that temperatures have rocketed to 40C in recent days. May have played a part. Valdemar Alves, mayor of Pedrogao Grande, said: ‘that is a location that has had fires due to its forests. however, we cannot bear in mind a tragedy of these proportions. It’s a natural cause of forest fires. ‘I am completely shocked by the number of deaths.’ The European Union has activated its civil safety efforts to assist combat the fires.
EU Commissioner for Humanitarian aid and disaster control Christos Stylianides stated the ‘EU is fully ready to help’. He said Spain and France are both sending plane to assist combat the flames. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted that he is ‘crushed by the tragedy at Pedrogao Grande. The Portuguese people can expect on our solidarity, support, and care’. The effects of Wildfires take away homes, wildlife, as well as vegetation. … The soil in the area of the wildfire has been completely destroyed. the latest news on fires is forest wildfire in Portugal. Many humans kill & burned of this wildfire