In Portugal forest fires have claimed the lives of 24 people

© REUTERS / Axel Videdit from forest fires in Portugal. 17.06.2017In Portugal forest fires have claimed the lives of 24 people© REUTERS / Axel Bugge

The death toll from forest fires in Central Portugal has risen to 24, according to newspaper Publico, with reference to the Prime Minister, antónio Costa.

Earlier it was reported 19 dead, at least 20 injured and two missing.

«We have confirmed 24 dead, probably of deaths may be higher but at the moment it is impossible to confirm,» — said the politician.

On Saturday in Portugal was very hot, in some regions, the temperature exceeded 40 degrees. A fire broke out in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande. In extinguishing the fire was attended by 500 employees of fire service and 160 cars. The flames quickly spread to four different directions. Fire damaged several settlements, but accurate data on the extent of the damage yet.