Contacted by Lusa, the source from the municipality's Communication Office specified that the five people belong to two families and that the collapse of the two-storey building, which had been vacant for several years, occurred early in the morning.

According to the source, a person who was in the living room of one of the two affected homes suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Portimão hospital.

The collapse also hit a vehicle that was parked in the vicinity of the property, in the historic centre of the city of Silves, in the district of Faro.

The same source added that the displaced persons “were temporarily relocated to the home of relatives”, with the municipal Civil Protection services carrying out the expert examination of the affected properties and the [assessment of] the extent of the damage ”.

"People were temporarily welcomed into the home of family members, with the municipality monitoring the situation and providing the necessary support", he added.

According to a source from the District Civil Protection Centre (CDOS) in Faro, the collapse "may have been caused by the rain and wind that affected the region on Tuesday".

The rescue operations involved 11 operatives from the Silves firefighters, the Municipal Civil Protection and the National Republican Guard.