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Madeira begins burying its dead

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Madeira begins burying its dead


Madeira has begun burying its dead after Saturday’s violent storm triggered flooding and landslides, killing at least 42 people.

Hundreds of mourners attended the first joint funeral. One woman described how a fireman had saved five people, before being swept away by the current while trying to rescue another.

Portugal is currently observing three days of mourning for the victims, and the country’s president is due to visit the traumatised islanders today.

In the capital Funchal, lorries continued to clear away tons of debris. The landslide sent boulders, snapped trees and sludge crashing into coastal communities.

The authorities hope to have much of the city clean by the weekend, as they are keen to repair the damage to avoid hurting the island’s tourist industry.

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