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Two Brits treated after Portugal fires

Two Brits treated after Portugal fires”

Firefighters were also continuing a grim search for bodies, with Costa warning on Sunday that the death toll could still rise.

The victim was one of four firefighters hospitalized at the Coimbra University Hospital since Sunday morning due to serious burns suffered during the first hours of the fight against the flames.

Bodies have been found on roadsides after people appeared to have abandoned their cars and then attempt to flee the raging fires on foot.

Portugal's Interior minister said that 25 of the victims had been identified by Monday afternoon and that authorities were moving fast to complete all identifications.

More than 2,000 firefighters and soldiers worked to combat the blazes.

Given those circumstances and the country's history, some were already beginning to question why Portugal had not done more sooner to improve its land practices and fire-warning systems, and whether the authorities did enough to inform people trying to escape the blaze. Not only were 62 people killed-at least 54 have been injured.

Devastating and deadly fires have been affecting central Portugal over the weekend trapping many drivers as the flames literally engulfed auto after vehicle.

There's a lot of forest around many small villages, and tragedy could strike again any time, any where, she said.

"I've been back there four times and I don't know if it's going to look the same next time I visit again". Every few miles, I passed burned-out carcasses of cars on the side of the road.

They stopped when they came to a policeman at a junction. "One of my colleagues lost her mother and her four-year-old girl as she could not get them out of the back of the vehicle".

He says, however, the house that he has been building since 2009 in the region is now burned out.

Most of the people were choked by the poisonous smoke and burnt alive by the wildfire. The ministry would not release the person's name out of respect for the family.

Many parts of Spain and Portugal have been hit by a heatwave in recent days.

A massive #Forest Fire claimed sixty-two lives and more than fifty people were injured in the forested region of Pedrógão Grande, which is about 200 km away from the Portuguese capital Lisbon.

The Judicial Police told Efe that the police had ruled out arson and pointed to lightning striking a tree as the most likely cause of the deadly fire.

But Paulo Fernandes, a forest researcher at Portugal's Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro University, notes that around 90 percent of landowners have smallholdings, making it hard for authorities to oversee them all.

Fire experts, meanwhile, pointed to a series of shortcomings in Portugal's strategy of tackling wildfires, even though the summer blazes have been happening for decades.

He said a key measure would be the creation of "fire-resilient communities" who receive instructions on what to do when faced with a wildfire and don't act rashly.



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