Forest fires kill dozens in Portugal
|Portuguese Republican National Guard soldiers battle with a forest fire in central Portugal - EPA|
(Vatican Radio) Raging forest fires in central Portugal have killed at least 62 people, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road.
Portugal has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the blaze.
A lightning strike is believed to have sparked the fire in the Pedrogao Grande area 150 kilometers northeast of Lisbon.
The prime minister Antonio Costa today called the fires ``the biggest tragedy'' the country has experienced in years.