Huge Fire in Portugal (61 dead)

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Postby WakeUpMusic » Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:27 pm

Hi guys,

As you might know there has been a huge fire in Portugal. More than 60 people have lost there life - some of them while trying to escape the area got killed by the flames whilst in their cars.

My partner and I have set up a just giving campaign to raise funds to help the families that have lost their loved ones but also the families that have lost their homes. If you can please help by donating here https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pedrogao-grande

If you can't please share the link to raise awareness.

Thank you
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Postby Hugo » Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:41 pm

The biggest tragedy here I can remember, true hell.
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Postby Wayne » Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:49 pm

The BBC reporting that 62 have so far been killed.

Absolutely awful tragedy. I'm watching BBC News and they are reporting that people were trapped in their cars - awful way to go.
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Postby Wayne » Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:49 pm

Also, moving this to N&G.
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Postby KokoCollino » Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:06 pm

So unnecessary :( I heard it was because of fire raising? WHY?!

I'm so scared of fire. Two huge fire tragedies these days :(

Edit! It was lightning strike. Doesn't make it less awful
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Postby Hugo » Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:12 pm

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30 people died in their cars while trying to escape :(
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Postby Hugo » Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:16 pm

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Postby WakeUpMusic » Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:28 pm

the first face knowed amongst the casualties was a 4 year old boy! Devastating news
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Postby flopho » Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:38 pm

these pictures are like from a horror movie
Absolutely awful. It's actually pretty close to where my family is from
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Postby Mikerocha » Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:57 pm

62 dead so far, over 50 injured and more than 150 left homeless

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Postby Fan » Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:00 pm

Horrendous news :( Those pictures of burnt down cars are heartbreaking when you realise there were actual people inside.
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Postby WakeUpMusic » Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:08 pm

guys, please help me sharing my crowdfunding page! And donate if you can - every £ helps
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Postby DnBLover » Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:22 pm

This is disgusting.
Our forests absolutely destroyed by the wood industry.
Over 50% of our woodland cover is of Eucaliptus, the tree they use to make paper. The same tree which comes from Australia and evolved to release their seeds during the fire season.
But it doesn't end there, because associated with Eucaliptus come several invasive, also Australian, Acacia trees, such as Mimosa, which are highly invasive and even more prone to being burnt down with fire which helps them spread.

So we have fifty percent of our forests being occupied by fuel, plus all the Acacias which intertwine with the Eucaliptus.
Where we don't have these two highly inflammable and invasive species, we have Pine Tree plantations, Pinus pinaster, also an invasive plant introduced by the Romans. This plant is also no resistant to fire and even though it does offer some more resistance, it doesn't compare to the native mediterranean trees which have thick bark layers and have evolved to stop fires, such as several Oak species, Strawberry Trees or 'Pinea' Pines.

Our forests managers and all past governors who are aware of this problem are guilty. The people who continue to destroy our ecosystems through forest or river destruction are all culpable of this mess. Because make no mistake, there are people who profit from the fires.

In addition, there's no money spent on prevention.

This is not a surprise at all. There are forest fires every year and people dying every year. This year the perfect circumstances for destruction just happened to come together.

But this WILL happen again. Because every fcking year people say they're going to change shit and nothing is done.
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Postby WakeUpMusic » Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:43 pm

DnBLover the saddest thing about what you said is that it is all true.
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Postby stevyy » Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:42 pm

I pray for the victims and their families. Rest in Peace, sweet souls.
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Postby Colbie » Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:43 pm

Horrible news!
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Postby spiritboy » Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:38 pm

Horrible tragedy. RIP to the victims.

What were the people who died were doing there? Are there houses close by or some recreational area like picnics and etc.?
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Postby Mikerocha » Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:48 pm

spiritboy wrote:Horrible tragedy. RIP to the victims.

What were the people who died were doing there? Are there houses close by or some recreational area like picnics and etc.?
There are small towns in the middle of the woods and florest in Portugal. Mostly in the center of the country a lot of people live in the middle of nowwhere. And they need to travel thru those small roads to make it out of there. Sometimes there's only one way out and that was why they were caught in the fire front,
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Postby spiritboy » Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:51 pm

Mikerocha wrote:
spiritboy wrote:Horrible tragedy. RIP to the victims.

What were the people who died were doing there? Are there houses close by or some recreational area like picnics and etc.?
There are small towns in the middle of the woods and florest in Portugal. Mostly in the center of the country a lot of people live in the middle of nowwhere. And they need to travel thru those small roads to make it out of there. Sometimes there's only one way out and that was why they were caught in the fire front,
Oh God, that's terrible. :(

Will there be national mourning since the death toll is very high?
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Postby WakeUpMusic » Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:58 pm

There will be a 3 day mourning
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Postby Serby » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:05 pm

^ they announce three days of national mourning.

Awful!!! :(
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Postby Thriller » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:08 pm

How tragic and what a horrible way to go.
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Postby Guru » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:44 pm

This happened here in South Africa a week ago.

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Postby WakeUpMusic » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:54 pm



A video of the area
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Postby Rihab » Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:35 pm

Omg how did this happen? Did the fire surround their homes / villages? Why weren't they warned? This is horrible! :o :oops:
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