Falling tree kills 11 at religious festival in Portugal: media

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 15, 2017 9:59 AM

LISBON (Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed by a falling tree during a religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira, local media reported on Tuesday.

SIC television said 35 others were injured when the tree fell outside a church in a village in the hills overlooking Madeira's capital Funchal.

The accident happened during a major Roman Catholic festival marking the Assumption, or entry into heaven, of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.

Emergency services were not immediately available to comment but were expected to give details later in the day.

(Reporting by Axel Bugge; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)