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The Portuguese People Want Justice for Victims of Fires That Ravaged Their Country This Year

On 21 October, in various major cities in Portugal, hundreds of people came out to demand justice for victims that were killed by massive forest fires that had torn through parts of the country.Forty-two people died and around 70 were injured in forest fires on 15-16 October, leading the government to declare three days of mourning for the victims and their famillies.Fires were also reported in the Spanish region of Galicia, where four people died.An estimated 500 fires have spread through Portugal’s northern and central regions, burning around 250,000 hectares of forests and affecting various villages.

In June, a similar tragedy took place in Pedrógão Grande — a municipality in the center of the country — with fires leaving 64 dead and more than 200 injured.According to the European Forest Fire Information System, which monitors forested areas via satellite images, around 500,000 hectares of forest have burned in 2017 alone – an area roughly twice the size of the district of Lisbon.

 

 

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