For his part, the mayor of Funchal, Paulo Cafôfo, said the tree "was not listed as a risk of a fall, and there's no cable was holding him back".
Portugal's president says he will travel to the island where a falling tree killed 12 people and injured dozens more at a popular religious festival.
Rui Nunes, the Red Cross president in Madeira, said: "It's visited by people from the island, holidaymakers, everyone who comes to Madeira".
Authorities said that there were French, German and Hungarian citizens among the injured.
Eleven people were killed and at least 35 were injured as the large tree fell as onlookers awaited a street procession from a church near Funchal, the resort island's capital.
Amateur video posted online showed the tree smashing down, prompting panicked worshippers to flee.
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The accident happened during a major Catholic festival marking the Assumption, or entry into heaven, of Mary, mother of Jesus.
"We heard a cracking sound and then the tree fell where people were lighting candles. There were a lot of people there".
The tree had been classified as posing a danger for several years, Publico daily reported.
A security perimeter had been set up around the church, where anxious worshippers were gathered waiting anxiously for news.
Portugal's prime minister, Antonio Costa, tweeted: "I express my condolences for the victims of the accident in Madeira".
The incident occurred August 15 on the island of Madeira.