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    The death toll of a forest fire in central Portugal claimed lives of up to 62 people, local media reported Sunday, citing Portugal's Secretary of State of Internal Administration Jorge Gomes.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The deadly wildfire in central Portugal claimed lives of 62 people so far, local media reported Sunday, citing Portugal's Secretary of State of Internal Administration Jorge Gomes.

    Almost 60 others were injured as a result of the fires, the Publico media outlet reported.

    The Portuguese authorities declared three days of mourning for the victims.

    The extremely hot weather in Portugal led to fire outbreak in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande on Saturday. The flames quickly spread to four different directions, damaging several settlements.

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