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07 Mar 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF launches USD 1.4 billion appeal in response to most extreme crises

GENEVA, 7 March 2011 - UNICEF released the Humanitarian Action for Children Report (HAC) 2011 today, requesting $1.4 billion in its annual appeal to donors to assist children and women caught in the throes of crises.

19 Nov 2010 description

Reference: 2010-203-EN

The European Investment Bank (EIB) signed today the first tranche of EUR 62.5 million of a total EUR 250 million loan to the Portuguese Government, to support the Madeira Regional Government to re-establish lost and damaged infrastructure caused by the flooding of February 2010.

This multi-sector framework loan will contribute to repairing and reconstructing the massive damage to the public infrastructure in the Madeira Island, strengthening its resilience to natural disasters and its adaptation to climate change.

26 Feb 2010 description

Following the floods in Madeira, International Medical Assistance (AMI Foundation) has immediately started to provide aid to the victims with meals and social support through its delegation in Funchal.

An initial fund of €50 000 was allocated to the victims relocation to be applied in the house equipping.

24 Feb 2010 description

News and Decisions:

- The Museums are reopened.

- More schools were opened today.

- Public services are operating with minimum services and will be normalized soon.

- Public transportation, in Funchal, is available with 30 routes.

- The weather forecast for the next 24 hours is favourable.

Dead people estimated

42

Wounded

18 people are still in the Hospital.

Missing People

18

Dislodgments

600 people, 193 families are reallocated in temporary shelters.

Water Supply

In Funchal (Santo António) is normalized.

In Ponta do Sol and Ribeira Brava …

23 Feb 2010 description

Dead people: 42

Wounded: The same situation informed in the last report: 18 are still in the Hospital.

Missing People" 13

Dislodgments: the situation maintains:

480 people are reallocated in temporary shelter.

Water Supply: The situation maintains the same as reported before, however the situation in Funchal Harbour will be normalized today.

Electricity: Electricity is being established all over the Island, except in Meia Légua (Ribeira Brava) and some small areas in Funchal.

Public Services: The Public Services are operating with minimum …

23 Feb 2010 description

Decisions:

The Regional Government will build a residential area for the dislodgments.

Dead people: 42

Wounded:

The same situation informed in the last report: 18 are still in the Hospital.

Missing People: 18

Dislodgments:

600 people, 193 families are reallocated in temporary shelters.

Water Supply:

In Funchal (Santo António) will be normalized tomorrow.

In Ponta do Sol (Rabaças) the situation will be restored soon.

Electricity:

Electricity is being established all over the Island, except in Meia Légua (Ribeira Brava) and some small area in …

23 Feb 2010 description

By Thomas Cabral (AFP)

FUNCHAL, Portugal - Divers and sniffer-dog teams mounted a last-ditch effort in Madeira on Tuesday to track down 13 people missing and feared dead following flash floods on the Portuguese tourist island.

Killer mudslides ripped through the Atlantic island at the weekend, claiming 42 lives as they gutted buildings and overturned cars with the top regional official warning the final death toll could rise "dramatically".

The island's regional government on Tuesday revised the number of missing down from 32 to 13, with spokeswoman …

23 Feb 2010 description

On February 20, 2010, torrential rain inundated the Portuguese island of Madeira. Water, rocks, and mud gushed down the slopes of the steep-sided island and though the streets of Funchal and other cities on the island's populated southern coast. When the floods abated, at least 42 were dead, with 13 still missing as of February 23, said news reports. This image, taken by the Advanced Land Imager on NASA's EO-1 satellite on March 7, 2007, illustrates how the island's topography contributed to the disaster.

22 Feb 2010 description

Dead people: 42

Wounded:

From the total of 70 people wounded, only 18 are still in the Hospital.

Missing People: 4

Dislodgments

370 people are being looked after

250 people in Funchal

120 people in Ribeira Brava

Water Supply

Dificulties reported in:

* High lands of Funchal - Santo António

* Seaside areas in Funchal

* In Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol and Curral das Freiras, the issues are being solved

* In Monte the situation is back to normal.

22 Feb 2010 description

Dead people: 42

Wounded

* The same situation informed in the last report: from the total of 70 people wounded, only 18 are still in the Hospital.

Missing People: 32

Dislodgments: the situation maintains:

370 people are being looked after:

250 people in Funchal

120 people in Ribeira Brava

Water Supply

* The situation maintains the same as reported before, in highlands Funchal (Santo António) and Ponta do Sol.

Electricity

* Curral das Freiras is already covered with electricity in 100%.

* The situation occurred in Serra D=B4Agua is being normalized.

22 Feb 2010 description
report British Red Cross

A British Red Cross psychosocial support team arrived in Madeira over the weekend to provide practical help and emotional support to Britons affected by the flash flooding.

The BBC reports more than 120 people were injured as a result of rainstorms on 20 February and 42 people have been killed. Search teams are continuing to look for people and there is fear the death toll could rise.

More than 200 people have been made homeless by the violent waters that swept through Funchal, the Portuguese island's capital.

22 Feb 2010 description
report Caritas

Caritas has started its aid intervention on the Portuguese island Madeira. The island has been struck by massive rains on Saturday. The natural disaster left at least 42 people dead. Another 120 people, possibly more, were injured.

Hundreds of people are now homeless and need immediate aid.

The local Caritas of Funchal, the island's main city, is already providing housing, food and blankets.

So far, 25, 000 Euros (34,000 dollars) have been made available.

22 Feb 2010 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Govt will ask for EU money to help Madeira

    * Finance minister to visit on Tuesday

    By Miguel Pereira

    FUNCHAL, Portugal, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Portugal's government promised on Monday to quickly send financial aid to the resort island of Madeira, where violent floods and mudslides killed 42 people at the weekend, officials said.

    Rescue workers have scrambled to find survivors and clean up after torrential rains on Saturday turned streams into gushing rivers that blasted through the island's capital city, overturning cars, destroying houses and blocking …

21 Feb 2010 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

21 Feb 2010 21:57:17 GMT

* Death toll at 42, but more feared

* At least four people still missing

* Three days national mourning, cabinet meet Monday

By Miguel Pereira

FUNCHAL, Portugal, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Portuguese rescuers used excavators and their bare hands on Sunday to sift through mud and debris for victims of violent floods and mudslides that killed at least 42 people on the resort island of Madeira.

Officials said they feared more bodies had been washed away into the ocean after Saturday's deluge, and flew in divers from the mainland to search for those …

20 Feb 2010 description

Reference: IP/10/170

Brussels, 20 February 2010

The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso has been today in contact with the president of the regional government of Madeira, Alberto Jo=E3o Jardim, and has conveyed his condolences for the victims of the devastating storms that had stroke the island of Madeira. President Barroso has also expressed his solidarity with the people affected and their families, and assured that he is following the situation very closely.