At least 60 people – including those who were trapped in their cars – were killed in raging wildfires that engulfed a stretch of road in central Portugal on Sunday.
Prime Minister António Costa expressed his grief over the human tragedy, saying the country shares a sense of national mourning and a great sense of unity.
Shocked by the devastating fires that hit the Pedrógão Grande region of Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his deep sadness and condolences to the Portuguese Government and people.
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In a statement, the UN Secretary-General said he spoke with the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and with the Prime Minister, António Costa, expressing his “deep sadness.”
According to news reports, the fast-moving wildfires ripped through the forested Pedrógão Grande central region of Portugal, some 150 kilometers (95 miles) northeast of Lisbon, leaving dozens dead and more injured.
O país partilha um sentimento de luto nacional e um grande sentido de unidade. A quem perdeu familiares e amigos, a nossa solidariedade. pic.twitter.com/wQKcceXO7R
— António Costa (@antoniocostapm) June 18, 2017
“I wish a speedy recovery to the injured. At this time of loss, my thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims,” said Mr. Guterres.
The UN chief went on to commend the Government, firefighters, emergency responders and civil society organizations who are sparing no efforts to battle the wildfire and help people in need.
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