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    Russia Embassy Verifying Info on Compatriots Casualties in Portugal Wildfire

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    The Russian embassy in Lisbon stays in touch with the Portuguese authorities to receive the information on Russia’s nationals, who could have been killed or injured as result of the deadly forest fire, raging in the central part of the country, Russian embassy’s spokesman Alexander Bryantsev told Sputnik Sunday.

    MADRID (Sputnik) – The spokesman added that Portugal faced forest fires during the summer period regularly, stressing that "this wildfire is the biggest with regard to the [number of] victims."

    "Currently we do not have any information on Russian nationals being killed or injured. We are in constant contact with the Portuguese authorities to clarify the issue," Bryantsev said.

    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.

    At least 62 people are reported dead and 54 others have been injured as a result of the wildfire, according to the latest information.

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