Unprecedented in the history of the Portuguese island of Madeira in the Atlantic rain hit the island on Saturday. Over 8 hours on a monthly norm of precipitation has fallen. Streams of water picked up and carried away houses, cars, people. More than 40 people were killed and about 120 were injured in the strongest over the last 17 years floods and mudslides. To save the local residents and tourists, as well as to combat the effects of the flood on Sunday rescuers arrived on the island, and workers from Portugal.
Houses in the village of Gil Vasco (Vasco Gil) on the island of Madeira in the Sunday, February 21, 2010. The night before heavy rains and the wind speed reaches 100 kilometers per hour, caused flooding and landslides on the island. (Manuel De Almeida / EPA)
Mother and son are on the main street of the city of Funchal, capital of Madeira. Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Albuquerque urged residents to remain in their homes. (Manuel De Almeida / EPA)
Icon splashed with mud on the wall. Especially terrible destruction unleashed on the southern part of the island. (Armando Franca / AP)