Deadly Portuguese wildfires said to be mostly under control

There is optimism in Portugal that firefighters are winning the battle against deadly wildfires.

Civil protection officials say 95 percent of the blazes have now been brought under control.

The fires are the country’s deadliest on record, killing at least 65 people and injuring more than 150.

With some new flareups in places, more than 2,000 firefighters have been joined by others from neighbouring Spain.

Isabel Garcia Tejerina, the Spanish Minister of Agriculture and the Environment said: “Firefighters from Madrid will be joined by colleagues from Galicia and Andalucia. There are also two aircraft from Castilla-La Mancha.”

This is being described as Portugal’s worst human tragedy in living memory, with many victims killed in their cars as they tried to flee.
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