- Title: Firefighters continue to fight deadly fire in Portugal
- Date: 20th June 2017
- Summary: PEDROGAO GRANDE, PORTUGAL (JUNE 20, 2017) (REUTERS) SUN SHINING THROUGH BURNT TREES BURNT TREES AND SIGN ON ROAD INDICATING 3 KM TO PEDROGAO GRANDE, CARS DRIVING PAST CARS DRIVING ON HIGHWAY HEADQUARTERS OF VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS FIREFIGHTER APPROACHING VAN VARIOUS OF FIREFIGHTERS SLEEPING ON GROUND FIRE ENGINES PARKED ON ROADSIDE VARIOUS OF FIREFIGHTERS SLEEPING IN CABS OF FIRE TRUCK AVELAR, PORTUGAL (JUNE 20, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SOCIAL WORKERS STANDING OUTSIDE BUILDING
- Embargoed: 4th July 2017 08:56
- Keywords: Portugal Fire firefighters Pedrogao Grande Avelar
- Location: PEDROGAO GRANDE AND AVELAR, PORTUGAL
- City: PEDROGAO GRANDE AND AVELAR, PORTUGAL
- Country: Portugal
- Topics: Environment,Nature/Wildlife
- Reuters ID: LVA0016M30LL3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Seventy percent of the wildfires in central Portugal were under control on Tuesday (June 20), firefighters said, as more than 1,000 members of the fire brigade battled Portugal's deadliest forest blaze that killed dozens over the weekend, including a fireman who died from his injuries in a hospital, bringing the death toll to at least 64.
More than 70 people, including 13 firefighters, were taken to hospital on Monday (June 19) with burns and injuries as the fires ravaged the central districts of Leiria and Castelo Branco.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who on Sunday (June 18) visited the affected mountainous area about 200 kilometres (125 miles) northeast of Lisbon, called it the biggest human tragedy in Portugal in living memory .
At least half the victims died in their cars as they tried to flee along a local motorway
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