Three people are pronounced dead 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 and one was missing, officials said.
Two more have been seriously hurt. A thousand people have evacuated from homes and hotels. Several buildings have been destroyed, including the five-star Choupana Hills hotel. Fires have burned for two days on the holiday island off north-west Africa.
Wildfires have also affected the Portuguese mainland in recent days as temperatures climb above 35C.
There were 109 active fires burning on Wednesday morning, according to Portugal’s civil protection agency, with 11 causing particular concern – mainly in the north-west of the mainland.
In Arouca, dozens of people were forced to flee their homes overnight after strong winds fanned the flames of the fires. Some main roads have also been closed.
More than 3,200 emergency workers are battling the flames across the country.