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    Floods kill at least 32 on resort island Madeira


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    Floods kill at least 32 on resort island Madeira

    Post  Lar on Sun 21 Feb 2010, 12:47 am

    Sat Feb 20, 4:33 PM

    LISBON (Reuters) - At least 32 people have been killed by floods and mudslides caused by an unusually violent rainstorm on the Portuguese resort island of Madeira, officials said on Saturday. "We have confirmed 32 dead, but we're still trying to figure out how many people are missing, so the final death toll can be higher still," a duty official at the civil protection service in Madeira's capital Funchal told Reuters.

    Alberto Joao Jardim, the leader of the regional government on the Atlantic island and archipelago, a popular tourist destination about 1,000 km (625 miles) southwest of Lisbon, said another 68 people were in hospital emergency wards.

    He said the government was making temporary shelters available for hundreds of people left homeless. The downpour continued throughout the day but has become less intense, officials said.

    Television footage showed powerful streams of water and mud invading the streets of Funchal, dragging and overturning cars and felling trees. Many bridges were destroyed or damaged and roads were blocked by rocks and mud, isolating parts of the island.

    "I am absolutely saddened and shocked with the images, with the consequences of this calamity," Prime Minister Jose Socrates said.

    Socrates and Interior Minister Rui Pereira were preparing to travel to Madeira to assess the damage and coordinate aid.

    "The problem requires a response on the national level," Pereira said.

    It was not immediately clear whether any tourists were among the victims.

    (Reporting by Andrei Khalip, editing by Mark Trevelyan)


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    Madeira Floods

    Post  burnedmyrrh on Mon 22 Feb 2010, 4:50 pm

    Yeah, I saw it directly reported from Madeira on satellite TV and even I have to say it was pretty bad. One area where they had a very chi chi shopping area, they had 2+yards of mud covering cars and they didn't know if there were people in those cars or if pedestrians who had been caught were just buried under all that mud. And now that rain storm front is going to the mainland! But this one, WAS PRETTY BAD! The images alone made you cringe. I think Cristiano Ronaldo, a soccer player who is from there, might come to their aid with all his millions. I think he will help these people out!
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    YouTube Raw Video Portugal flooding

    Post  Sheila, Or. on Mon 22 Feb 2010, 6:10 pm

    I'm not sure how to post a youtube video here but this is deluge of Biblical proportions. It's a little over a minute long, there are longer videos but you'll get the idea. Poor folks there, prayers for them all!

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    (phew, it worked!)


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    And there is more still happening in Madeira

    Post  burnedmyrrh on Sat 27 Feb 2010, 6:30 pm

    Yesterday they had extremely high winds and still much more rain from a big front crossing that part of the Atlantic that is now headed for the mainland. This morning on satellite TV they showed already the North of Portugal being affected by rain but the big stuff has yet to hit: winds up to 90 miles per hour and severe rainstorms. There's going to be serious flooding and much damage there!

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