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14 schools re-open in Madeira

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14 schools re-open in Madeira


There are signs Madeira is getting back on its feet, after floods and landslides wrought havoc on the island over the weekend. Fourteen schools in the capital have re-opened.

But Funchal’s old quarter is still closed to traffic. Rescuers are working to pump water and mud from flooded underground car parks, hoping they were empty when the storms struck.

Footballer Christiano Ronaldo’s old neighbourhood was one of the worst hit in Funchal. His family didn’t escape unscathed.

“I had to go back to support my sister,” Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, said. “She lost everything but she saved her son. I saw the damage and it is terrible.”

The mourning continues, as the island buries more of the 42 people it now says died in the tragedy.

The number of people missing has risen to 18. The authorities say 600 more have been displaced.

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