Blaze follows days of excessive heat, while torrential rain brings floods to New Zealand, trapping people in their homes

The area of Pedrógão Grande in central Portugal experienced the worst forest fire the country has ever experienced last week, killing at least 64 people and injuring many more. The blazes broke out on the afternoon of Saturday 17 June and spread rapidly, trapping people in their cars.

Some 350 soldiers and 1,600 firefighters battled the blaze, which is thought to have started from a dry thunderstorm triggered by the very hot, humid conditions of the days leading up to it as temperatures exceeded 40°C.

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