PORTUGAL – Following the devastating fires in Portugal the past few days which already count 63 dead, the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 winner couldn’t be absent. Salvador Sobral is proven to be once again the country’s national hero not only offering part of the revenues from his latest CD release to the victims but also planning a charity concert for the victims on June 27th at the Lisbon MEO Arena (the speculated Eurovision 2018 venue) which will be aired live by RTP.
The team of oikotimes.com would like to express it’s sincere condolences to the families of the 62 victims.
THE STORY ABOUT THE FIRE
More than 1,000 firefighters were still battling Portugal’s deadliest forest blaze on Monday after it killed dozens over the weekend, and a fireman died from his injuries in a hospital, bringing the death toll to at least 63.
More than 70 people, including 13 firefighters, were taken to hospital on Monday with burns and injuries as the fires ravaged the central districts of Leiria and Castelo Branco.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who on Sunday visited the affected a mountainous area about 200 kilometers (125 miles) northeast of Lisbon, called it the biggest human tragedy in Portugal in living memory.
Despite government assurances that the first response by the emergency services was swift and adequate, media and residents questioned its efficiency and the strategic planning in a country which is used to wooded areas burning every year. (source: Reuters.com)