Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ statement on the wildfires in Portugal:
I am shocked and horrified by the many lives claimed by today’s devastating fires that hit the Pedrógão Grande region of Portugal.
Earlier today, I spoke with the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and with the Prime Minister, António Costa, to express my deep sadness and condolences to the Portuguese Government and people.
I wish a speedy recovery to the injured. At this time of loss, my thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims.
I commend the Government, firefighters, emergency responders and civil society organizations who are sparing no efforts to battle the wildfire and help people in need. The United Nations stands ready to assist in any way possible.