Bloomberg: Portugal in Mourning After Raging Forest Fire Kills Scores19 June 2017 | 02:59 | FOCUS News Agency
At least 30 people died in vehicles, with more bodies found near cars on the side of a road and others in rural areas near Pedrogao Grande, Secretary of State for Internal Administration Jorge Gomes said in comments broadcast Sunday by RTP. According to an initial analysis by the Judicial Police, the fire was caused by a dry thunderstorm, Gomes said. Government officials said an assessment will be made of the cause.
“So many deaths represent an almost unprecedented tragedy in the history of democratic Portugal,’’ President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said in a televised speech on Sunday night.
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