Today is day 2 after the mudslides and floods that destroyed several locations in Madeira Island on last Saturday. The most current counting refers the loss of 48 lives but this number might increase in the following days due to the large number of missing persons.
I have many friends in Madeira and I, myself, have been there a couple of years ago. This is a heartbreaking tragedy. There are few words to describe the enormous destruction that the images show. Thank God all of my friends are well but others were not that lucky. The whole country is in shock. There was no warning, it all happened in a few hours. And the brutality of the images brings tears to my eyes and sorrow to my heart.
Our government has decreed 3 days of National Mourning and everything is being done to help. I just hope and wish it is enough.
Mudslides in a road, Penteada
Mudslide in road
TV Newscast from France24 (in english)
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