Disaster Blamed on Chaotic Urban Planning

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La soif de terrains mise en cause à Madère dans les inondations

Des habitants devant leur maison détruite à Madère – février 2010 © AFP PHOTO/ GREGORIO CUNHA

Prominent Portuguese environmentalists blamed the Dantesque scene in the tourist island of Madeira Monday, in the wake of flash floods that claimed at least 42 lives over the weekend, on seriously flawed urban planning.

One of the worst storms in the history of the small hilly Portuguese archipelago, which lies around 500 km off the coast of Morocco in northwest Africa, caused raging torrents of brown mud to drag trees, rocks and cars down streets, destroying houses, bridges and roads in and around the capital, Funchal.


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