Wildfires in Portugal kill at least 58

Wildfires in Portugal kill at least 58”

Forest fires are common in the the Iberian peninsula during the summer months, but today's example is particularly extreme. The ceremony took place before the teams' match Sunday at the Confederations Cup tournament.

A firefighter rests from fighting the fires on June 18.

Firefighters did "all they could" when faced with the blaze, he said. "There are no words for that".

Prime Minister Antonio Costa called it a "tragedy of a big dimension".

Premier Costa, who had been monitoring developments overnight from the civil defence headquarters in Carnaxide on the western outskirts of Lisbon, has expressed his shock at the scale of the tragedy.

The fire, which has yet to be controlled, is already one of the deadliest forest fires in Portugal in decades.

The fires began on Saturday during an intense heatwave and rainless thunderstorms, with temperatures of more than 40C (104F) in some areas.

No information has yet been given on how the others were killed.

Almost 60 people have been injured in the fire, including several firefighters. The cause of death of the other victims is now unreported.

More than 350 soldiers have joined the 700 firefighters who have been struggling to put out the flames since Saturday.

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There were very particular circumstances with the lightning strikes here - this fire started with a dry lightning strike. Five, including four firefighters, are in critical condition. "I commend the bravery of the firefighters". Two planes were also dumping water on the blaze.

Pope Francis led thousands of people in a moment of silent prayer for the victims of the fire.

Neighboring Spain and the European Union are sending aid to help with firefighting efforts, according to the AP.

Mariano Rajoy tweeted that he is "overwhelmed by the tragedy at Pedrogao Grande".

President Marcelo Rebelo went to meet families of the victims in the Leiria region to share "their pain in the name of all the Portuguese people".

As reported by The New York Post, Isabel Brandao, a resident in the area, said she feared for her life when she saw the fire coming. "If it had rained, this would not happen". "I never thought it would come to this side", she said.

Portuguese authorities say that they are still investigating the cause of the fire.

The government set up centers near the scene to help people who lost their homes and some nearby schools will remain closed for now, Costa said in Pedrogao Grande on Sunday in comments broadcast by RTP.

Interior ministry official Jorge Gomes earlier said all 19 of the people then confirmed dead were civilians.

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