Portugal waits for foreign help to fight deadly wildfires

2017-06-19 09:14

Lisbon - More than 1 500 firefighters in Portugal are still battling to control major wildfires in the central region of the country, where one blaze killed 62 people.

Reinforcements are due to arrive on Monday, including more water-dropping planes from Spain, France and Italy as part of a European Union co-operation programme.

   Firefighters work to stop the fire from reaching the village of Figueiro dos Vinhos. (Paulo Duarte, AP)

Portugal is observing three days of national mourning after the wildfire which broke out on Saturday night around the town of Pedrogao Grande. It is by far the deadliest wildfire on record. 

Scorching weather, with temperatures topping 40°C, as well as strong winds and dry woodland after weeks with little rain are fuelling the blazes.

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