Portuguese wildfires: early warnings hindered by damaged phone lines


Prime minister says telephone cables and communications towers were destroyed by wildfires that have killed at least 62 people

Early efforts to alert the public to the deadly wildfires that have killed at least 62 people in Portugal were hindered after the flames destroyed phone lines and communications towers, the country’s prime minister has said.

More than 1,500 firefighters are still battling to control the fires that have raged across central Portugal since the weekend, killing many people as they tried to flee in their cars and leaving dozens more injured.

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June 19th, 2017 by