FUNCHAL, Madeira Islands - The worst storm to hit the island since 1993, causing mudslides and flash flooding, has so far killed 38 people on the Portuguese island of Madeira. More than 120 others were injured and many feared to be buried under the mud and debris.
Some of the streets in the capital of Funchal were turned into raging rivers of mud, water and trash. A few roads and bridges have been washed away, making rescue efforts much more difficult.
Residents were holding onto railings or any type sturdy object they could grab so they weren't swept away by the violent waters. Cars and battered shells of overturned vehicles covered the streets.
Prime Minister Jose Socrates promised the government would begin recovery work as quickly as possible. He was shocked by the extremity of the mudslides.
Army units based on the island put together rescue teams and provided two helicopters.
The weather improved on Sunday, making it easier for rescue workers to do their job.
Madeira is the main island of Portuguese, in the Atlantic off the northwest coast of Africa. It's a very popular island for British tourists.