Five of SATA’s flights have been cancelled, namely between São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa and São Jorge, according to airline spokesman José Gamboa.
Continued stormy weather in the Azores has so far prompted the cancellation of several flights to and from the archipelago’s islands on Thursday, affecting about a thousand passengers, regional airline SATA said.
The announcement came after Portugal’s state oceanological and meterological institute put the central and western groups of islands on red alert – the highest of the four levels – until midnight, citing the heavy rains forecast through to the end of Thursday.
According to José Gamboa, a spokesman for SATA, five of the carrier’s flights have been cancelled, namely between São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa and São Jorge.
The additional disruption comes after the news earlier in the day that three people were killed in a village near Povoação, on São Miguel, in a landslide that buried three houses. A family of four in one of the houses managed to escape through a window.
Two women and a four-year-old child are now being cared for at the local health centre, a source said, explaining that “they have no injuries, but are emotionally affected and need psychological support.” A team of nurses from the health centre and a psychologist are at the local community centre, where dozens of displaced residents are staying.
Elsewhere in the archipelago, in Porto Judeu on Tereira in the central group of islands, one person was slightly injured and 30 people were left homeless, when a river burst its banks as a result of the torrential rains.
The regional government announced that all schools would be closed as a precautionary measure on Thursday afternoon on the seven islands of the central and western groups, thus extending the partial closures in Terceira and in one district in São Miguel announced earlier in the day.
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