Soaring temperatures in Portugal threaten firefighting effort

Soaring temperatures in Portugal threaten firefighting effort

Soaring temperatures threaten efforts to bring a raging forest fire in Portugal under control.

At least 64 people have died and more than 130 other people injured in the fires since Saturday.

Civil protection officials say although 70% of the fire is under control, what remains is a source “of great concern”.

Many died inside their cars or a short distance away from them as they tried to flee.

The government has declared a state of emergency in the forested region around Pedrógão Grande, north-east of the capital, Lisbon.

Portugal is observing three days of mourning for the victims.

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