Portugal battles to control fire as questions are asked about high death toll

Authorities aim to have the country’s devastating wildfire, which has killed at least 64 people, in hand within 24 hours

Firefighters battling the huge Portuguese wildfire that has killed at least 64 people and injured more than 150 hope to bring the blaze under control within the next 24 hours, the country’s civil protection authorities said on Tuesday.

More than 1,100 firefighters and nine water-dropping aircraft are still tackling the country’s worst ever forest fire, which is thought to have started after lightning struck a tree in the central municipality of Pedrógão Grande on Saturday.

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