Wildfires Kill Three In Portugal

At least three people have been killed, and a further two seriously hurt, in wildfires on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Three people are now known to have died in wildfires that have advanced upon Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira.

An elderly woman was killed when her home caught fire near the centre of the city. Two other people also died in their homes, officials said. 

Two more have been seriously hurt.

A thousand people have evacuated from homes and hotels. Several buildings have been destroyed, reportedly including a five-star hotel.

Fires have burned for two days on the holiday island off north-west Africa.

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