Tuesday 23 February 2010

Cathastrophe in Madeira Island - Part 2

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)

Sources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbuwf3Qpe5w&feature=related

Sunday 21 February 2010

Cathastrophe in Madeira Island

After the events of last December in Terceira Island, Azores, we all thought that bad weather was behind us.
Well, we were wrong and shocked to see what happened yesterday in Madeira Island, another portuguese archipelago. We stood in shock watching the images of unimaginable destruction in one of the most beautiful places in Portugal. We saw our hearts skip a beat as the numbers of victim were being disclosured and actualized, hour after hour. Nothing can prepare us for such a cathastrophe. Streets turned in to rivers, houses in to pieces, tunnels in to brooks.
Unimaginable. Unthinkable. Unbeliveble.
Funchal, the main city, was transformed into a set of a horror movie. Places like Ribeira Brava e Câmara de Lobos suffered great destruction. There are places that are still isolated, like Curral de Freiras, a village hidden deep in the island, in a vulcanic crater, surrounded by high mountains. No one is sure about the fates of those who live there. We, portuguese, are all shocked. There are no words to descrive, not yeat. I leave here a few images of the cathastrophe and ask you all to find in your hearts the will to hope for better days.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlWAoxnwuFM

Wednesday 10 February 2010

I am still here..

With moving to a new house and my job and a few other things, this blog has been slow. Actually it's been dead for a few months. But I am going to revive it as soon as I started trading again. And I haven't forgotten the trades that are in stand by nor have I forgotten the postcards that I owe. Will be sending them soon.

Have a great day and see you next month (or maybe sooner!).
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