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Holiday homes demolished

Three holiday homes at risk of collapse on Faro Island have been demolished.

The controlled demolition of the buildings, which had been severely damaged by strong sea currents last Tuesday, was ordered by the Algarve Water Authority (ARH), in collaboration with Faro Câmara.

Authorities were forced to intervene to safeguard people as well as the area’s natural environs, as building materials swept away could pollute both the sand and sea.

A major redevelopment project is planned for the area as part of the Polis Ria Formosa programme, which will see further properties on the island being demolished.

Hundreds of properties on the island, some built illegally in the 50s and 60s, are owned by Portuguese people and used as holiday homes.