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Madeira’s Emergency Plan In Action

As of 16:30 today, 35 incidents had been recorded in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos due to the high rainfall caused by Storm Oscar. Three families also had to flee their homes. 

The recorded occurrences are related to mudslides, landslides, or movement of earth, from falling trees on public roads to floods and flooding. Namely: 20 earth movements/landslides, 8 floods, 3 tree falls, 1 obstruction, the collapse of two walls, and an obstructed water course.

It should also be noted that three families were displaced, 1 household composed of 7 people in Jardim da Serra and 2 smaller families totalling 8 people in Seara Velha, located in Curral das Freiras.

The affected families did not activate the 144 call line and sought refuge with other family members.

The municipality provided meals to the family rehoused in Jardim da Serra. As for the families of Curral das Freiras, their meal needs have not yet been determined.

The refuge association located where these people live can temporarily house 30 people, and will remain open in case there are more people/families in need.  Likewise, the Emergency House of Curral das Freiras and the Gymnastics Pavilion of Câmara de Lobos are prepared, in case more rehousing is needed.

With regard to the situation of Fajã das Galinhas, which is isolated, the work of clearing the road will take place tomorrow, as soon as the weather conditions allow emergency teams to work in relative safety. So far, and after contact with the Social Intervention Division of the municipality, the 37 families residing there have confirmed that they are not in need of meals, medicines, or additional/immediate help.

Samantha Gannon

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Samantha Gannon

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The municipality continues to have on the ground an operational staff composed of more than 50 people, and heavy machinery from companies that have a contract to provide cleaning services and removal of inerts in case of emergency, which are working tirelessly to restore normalcy as soon as possible.

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