Cristiano Ronaldo gives aid to support his native Madeira after devastating wildfires

After yesterday’s conversation Ronaldo posted a message on his Facebook page revealing his pain over the destruction caused by fires in the islands of Madeira and other parts of Portugal, especially the north.

The Euro 2016 winner said: “It is with an aching heart that I’m seeing what’s happening in Madeira and other parts of the country.

“My support goes out with a thank you to all those firefighters who are bravely risking their lives to save so many others. I am with you.”

 firefighters battle a fire that reached the old center of Funchal, the capital of Portugal's Madeira island

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Firefighters battle a fire that reached the old center of Funchal, the capital of Portugal’s Madeira island
Swathes pf countryside have been destroyed and the city of Funchal is in flames

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Swathes of countryside have been destroyed and the city of Funchal is in flames

The fires have been widespread and destructive. Over 40 homes have been destroyed, major motorways have been shut and many small villages in the north of Portugal been evacuated.

The Portuguese interior ministry has requested help from the European Union. Spain sent two planes and Italy sent one aircraft to aid with the fire-fighting efforts.

The British Embassy in Portugal also announced yesterday that it was sending two consular officials from Lisbon to assist British tourists caught up in the disaster. They flew to the island yesterday evening.

The destruction has been widespread and all-encompassing

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The destruction in Madeira has been widespread and all-encompassing
Madeira is not the only place hit by recent fires - a blaze can be seen ravaging southern France on its way to Marseille

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Madeira is not the only place hit by recent fires – another blaze was spotted ravaging southern France on its way to Marseille

On Tuesday night British tourists were among guests forced to sleep in a sports centre in the capital Funchal after being evacuated from the four-star Castanheiro Boutique Hotel.

Holidaymakers staying at the five-star Choupana Hills Resort and Spa had to be relocated to other hotels after it was destroyed by flames.

The dead and injured are almost all locals, with no reports of any British casualties.

 

 

 

 

 

-The sun

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