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These Pictures Of Deadly Wildfires Show Why #PrayForPortugal Has Been Trending

Three people are confirmed to have died after fires tore through the island of Madeira.

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At least three people died after devastating wildfires tore through the Portuguese island of Madeira, authorities said Wednesday.

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Fires near Funchal, the capital of Madeira, on Tuesday night.

Online, the hashtag #PrayForPortugal started trending as images of thick smoke rose from people's homes. Many people expressed solidarity with those affected and praised the thousands of firefighters who were dealing with the blaze.


In a news conference on Wednesday, Madeira's regional governor, Miguel Albuquerque, said 80 people had been hospitalized with smoke inhalation and burn wounds and two people were in a serious condition, Reuters reported.


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