DEVASTING FIRES IN MADEIRA

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

Real Madrid star writes heartfelt post expressing his support

by James Riding 11th August 2016, 10:59 am (THE SUN UK)

CRISTIANO Ronaldo has offered financial support to his native Madeira following devastating wildfires which have killed at least four people and led to mass evacuations.

The Real Madrid striker made the offer during a phone call to the president of the Portuguese islands, Miguel Albuquerque.

Reports in Portugal didn’t say how much he had offered.

Solidarity: After offering financial support to his native Madeira, Ronaldo expressed his sadness in apost on Facebook

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

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 in Madeira has been widespread and all-encompassing

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.