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Falling tree 'kills 11 people' in Madeira

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Falling tree 'kills 11 people' in Madeira

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At least 11 people killed after a tree falls during a religious fesitval on the Portuguese island of Madeira, local media reported.

Television reports said 35 others were injured in the incident, which happened in the hills overlooking Madeira’s capital, Funchal.

The accident happened during a major Roman Catholic festival marking the Assumption, or entry into heaven, of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.

Emergency services were not immediately available to comment but were expected to give details later in the day.

Social media footage

This Facebook Live stream captured grainy footage of the tree fall, from 1h 05m 30s.

Festa do Monte Madeira

Posted by Domingos Perestrelo on Tuesday, 15 August 2017