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At least 32 people have been killed in floods and mudslides after torrential rains hit the Portuguese island of Madeira, local authorities say.

Sixty-eight others were reported to have been taken to hospital for treatment on the Atlantic island, which is popular with foreign tourists.

It is not yet clear whether tourists aree among the casualties.

According to Portuguese media, the storms were the deadliest on Madeira since October 1993, when eight people died.

British holidaymaker Cathy Sayers told the BBC, Funchal was like a ghost town. She said the infrastructure had been "decimated" by the water.

"The drains just cannot cope with the water that's coming down from the mountains - they are just overfilled with sludge."

Autonomous region of Portugal with population of around 250,000
Lies just over 480km (300 miles) from West African coast

Added: Feb-20-2010 Occurred On: Feb-20-2010
By: xispas2008
Tags: Madeira Island, Portugal, Floods, Mudslides, Heavy Rain
Location: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal (load item map)
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