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Sunday, 21 February 2010

Madeira hit by floods

Rescue workers are searching mud-filled streets and houses on the Portuguese island of Madeira after flash floods left at least 40 people dead. More than 120 others were injured and an unknown number are missing, raising fears that the death toll could rise.

Heavy rains brought tonnes of mud and stones down the slopes of the island, flooding the streets of the regional capital, Funchal, and other towns. Water, power and telecommunications were cut in some areas.

Witnesses described how the mudslides filled some homes up to the second floor, while flash floods swept away bridges and buildings. Television footage showed powerful streams of water and mud flooding the streets of Funchal, dragging and overturning cars and destroying trees.

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Posted by D.Drake

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