A tour bus carrying German tourists crashed on Portugal’s Madeira Island on Wednesday, killing 29 people and injuring 28 others, local authorities said. Local television showed bodies scattered over a rural hillside next to the Atlantic Ocean. Madeira, off northwestern Africa, is a popular vacation destination for Europeans due to its mild climate and lush, hilly landscape. Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said preliminary reports he had received indicated all the dead were German.
A fire in central Portugal broke out on Saturday leaving 62 fatalities and is now being called one of the worst disasters in the country’s recent history. The forest fire is thought to have begun from lightning from a dry thunderstorm, according to José Maria de Almeida Rodrigues, the national director of Portugal’s judicial police. Most recent reports dating to Sunday say that the fire is still raging.