Portugal to mourn for three days as forest fire claims 62 lives

| Updated: Jun 19, 2017 01:38 IST

Lisbon [Portugal], June 18 (ANI): Portugal has declared three days of national mourning as the death toll in one of the country's worst forest fires rises to 62. Several hundred firefighters and over 100 vehicles were dispatched late on Saturday to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande before spreading fast across several fronts. Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa described the fire as the greatest tragedy that the country has seen in recent years in terms of forest fires. Several parts of Portugal are scorching under a severe heat wave with temperatures exceeding 40 °C. Portugal is prone to forest fires during the dry summer months. More than 100,000 hectares of the the country's mainland was devastated by a series of fires last year. (ANI)