Forest fires in Portugal claimed the lives of over 60 people. Updated data on the victims of the disaster were released by the evening of 18 June, the press Secretary of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the country Jorge Gomez.
Forest fires in Central Portugal on Saturday, June 17, amid the dry and hot weather. In some regions of the country at the weekend the mercury rose to the level of 40 degrees Celsius. The fire service believes the fire was caused by lightning.
One of the main roads of the country, 150 km North-East of Lisbon, the fire blocked the road dozens of cars. According to authorities, 30 bodies were found in charred car, heading towards the main road. Another 17 bodies were found on the road: apparently, people were hoping to go through the burning forest on foot. Another 11 people died in pedrógão Grande near the city of Coimbra. And several bodies were discovered in various places.
Among the victims were four children.
More than 60 people, including firefighters received burns of varying severity.
To extinguish fire thrown hundreds of fire trucks, planes fire aviation and aircraft, but to cope with the fire until it succeeds. According to the BBC, Sunday, June 18, in Portugal reported 156 fires.
To the aid of Portugal came from the neighbors: the Spanish authorities sent two fire-fighting aircraft, three aircraft proposed by France, the planes of fire aircraft were promised by the European Union.