News 18 june — 21:33

Forest fires kill 25 in central Portugal


The death toll in forest fires in Portugal has risen to 25, officials say, BBC reports.

The majority died while trying to flee the Pedrógão Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government.

Several fire fighters are reported to be among about 20 people injured.

"Unfortunately this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires," said Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

The death toll could rise further, he said.

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