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Severe storms kill dozens in Madeira

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Severe storms kill dozens in Madeira


Torrential rain has brought tragedy to the Portuguese island of Madeira, where at least 30 people have been killed by floods and mudslides.

Several more Madeirans are unaccounted for after the deadly deluge wreaked havoc in parts of the popular tourist destination.

From the mainland, nearly 1,000 kilometres away, Portuguese Prime Minister José Socrates has pledged support for the Atlantic island.

The main airport in its capital Funchal has been closed as emergency services struggle to deal with the disaster. Bridges and homes have been partially destroyed. It is not immediately clear whether any tourists are among the victims.

Portuguese authorities are sending aid to the autonomous region where weather forecasters say the worst of the storms is over.

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