Funchal, Feb 21: At least 32 people were killed by violent rainstorm on the Portuguese resort island of Madeira on Saturday, Feb 20.
Pedro Barbosa, deputy chief of the regional civil protection service, said, "The areas of Funchal and Ribeira Brava suffered from major floods and mudslides, and that's where we have most of the 32 dead."
"Now the weather conditions have improved and we are starting to evaluate the damage," he said.
"It was not immediately clear whether any tourists were among the victims, "said Barbosa from the civil protection service.
According to Meteorologists, no heavy rainfall was expected on Madeira in the next few days after the violent downpour.