Drone footage illustrates devastation of Portugal forest fires which killed 62 video

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Bodies were found on roadsides after people appeared to abandon their cars and flee raging forest fires.

Drone footage has illustrated the devastation caused by deadly forest fires in central Portugal.

Abandoned and burnt-out cars can be seen strewn along roadsides as raging infernos destroyed everything in their wake in the Pedrógão Grande region.

At least 62 people are believed to have perished.

Scores of vehicles can be seen stranded on the roadside.
REUTERS

Scores of vehicles can be seen stranded on the roadside.

Bodies have been found on roadsides after people appeared to have abandoned their cars and then attempt to flee the raging fires on foot.

READ MORE: Portugal forest fires leave at least 62 dead

However, most victims were caught while still in their vehicles after fleeing their homes.

A car is left burnt-out following the deadly fires.
RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS

A car is left burnt-out following the deadly fires.

Portugal's prime minister said the death toll could rise as firefighters inspected charred remains of some buildings in remote villages.

Police said a lightning strike on a tree probably caused the blaze on Saturday in a region hit by an intense heat wave and dry, gusty winds, which has fanned the flames.

The prime minister said the emergency services acted as fast as they could but acknowledged that some of the efforts like alerting the population might have been hindered because the blaze had ruined phone lines and communications towers.

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Around 600 firefighters were deployed to help contain the fires.
RAFAEL MARCHANTE

Around 600 firefighters were deployed to help contain the fires.

 - Stuff

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