portugal burning as forest fires kill
Portugal’s central region continues to burn as firefighters battle a deadly inferno, which has killed at least 62 people to date.
The blaze that erupted in the municipality of Pedrógão Grandeas is believed to have been caused by a lightening strike.
Many of the victims died in their cars as they attempted to flee the flames.
The government has announced three days of national mourning.
There are complications for the fire service as
operations commander Elísio Oliveira explains: “There are places where we do not have access. The fact that we cannot fly carry out air operations makes the firefight more difficult. We will continue our operations throughout the day, with 900 battling on the ground.”
The government has been criticised for not closing the road on which 47 people died, but admitted that the huge blaze had led to a breakdown in communications.
Euronews correspondent in Portugal is Filipa Soares:“The central zone of Portugal is still shrouded in a cloud of ashes and one can also sense a strong burning smell. There are showers of sparks that hinders not only breathing but means it is difficult to remain outdoors.