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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.