Kenya condoles with Portugal after forest fire kills 63

Kenya stands in solidarity with Portugal after wildfire killed over 60 people, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has said.

“We stand with the people of Portugal during this very sad period and pray to God to comfort and console the bereaved families,” she said via Twitter on Tuesday.

She added: “Heartfelt condolences to families, friends and Government of Portugal.”

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 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 kilometres (125 miles) northeast of Lisbon, called it the biggest human tragedy in Portugal in living memory.

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