Evacuations as flames approach Funchal


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More than 400 people have been evacuated on the Portuguese island of Madeira after wildfires destroyed buildings near the capital, Funchal.

Regional President Miguel Albuquerque said one person had suffered serious burns and scores of others had needed treatment for the effects of smoke.

At least 27 homes had been destroyed on the popular holiday island, off north-west Africa, he added.

Smoke fanned by strong winds has also disrupted flights at the airport.

Mr Albuquerque told reporters that fires encroaching on Funchal were now under control and cooler temperatures forecast for Wednesday should ease the situation.

Firefighters said steep hills and dense woodland were making it difficult to tackle the flames.

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