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Azores buries landslide victims while storm strikes Portugal’s coast

November 3, 1997

RIBEIRA QUENTE, Azores (AP) _ The tiny coastal village of Ribeira Quente buried some of its dead Sunday as the storm that killed 29 people moved away from the Azores and battered the Portuguese mainland.

Rescue workers on Sunday found 11 more bodies buried under a mudslide caused by the flash floods that swept the archipelago’s largest island of Sao Miguel on Friday.

Civil protection officials said the final death toll was 29. No one else was missing, they said.

Eight people were buried Sunday at a cemetery only yards from the site of the landslide. Ten other victims were buried Saturday.

The storm moved away from the group of Atlantic islands late Friday and reached the western coast of Portugal, 900 miles to the northeast, Saturday night.

Driving rain lashed central and southern areas of the country, flooding streets, damaging buildings and killing livestock.

The center of Setubal, 25 miles south of Lisbon, was under more than three feet of water, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

Several sheep drowned after a river burst through its banks at Santarem, 50 miles northeast of the capital, Lusa said.

In Lisbon, where heavy rains fell, a roof of the Sao Jose Hospital collapsed under the weight of accumulated rainwater. Lusa reported two people were slightly injured.

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