32 Killed as Floods Hit Madeira

Floods caused by torrential rains have led to the death of more than 30 people on a Portuguese island popular with foreign tourists. Reports said 32 people have died and close to 70 more were injured when floods followed by mudslides hit the island of Madeira. Local authorities said they have received many calls from people affected by the floods.

No information on the identities of the dead has been released and it still unknown whether tourists were included in the fatalities. Strong winds and rains battered the island on Saturday, causing muddy water to flow down narrow channels and onto the streets. The island’s airport was shut down, while some roads have been blocked by rock and trees brought by strong currents.

Local media said this is the deadliest storm to hit the island in almost 17 years. Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates is expected to visit the island and personally oversee aid distribution.