Sunday, February 21, 2010

To the people of Madeira

The portuguese Island of Madeira has been hit by the biggest storm ever: 42 people reported dead so far and many still missing. The island is in a total chaos, roads have just vanished and some bridges too but, as weather conditions are better now, help has started arriving by air.
Photo courtesy: ELPAÍS.com, Sapo.pt

32 comments:

Joanne said...

Meu deus! tão dramático, estas imagens estão demais...

Sharon said...

Wow, that is a lot of devistation. Unbelievable photos! I'm glad to hear that help is on its way.

Rob and Mandy said...

Been following it on the news, it's terrible

Virginia said...

How tragic. The photos are unbelievable. More death and destruction. So very sad.
V

Dina said...

Paradise lost.
I am so sorry for the people on Madeira.
The pictures are tragic.

When we heard the awful news on the radio, I thought of you, my only link with Portugal.

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

Oh My JM! I feel really really sad right now:( I haven;t heard of this from the news yet :( All my Prayers go to every Portuguese there at Madeira :( God Bless them all

Steven^^

Jacob said...

We saw a news item about this last night and I immediately thought of you...what a disaster! Glad to hear, though, that things are getting better!

Jarart said...

So much devistation from storms this winter! So sad.

Crazy Tourists said...

Another disaster...I hope that it gets better soon enough...

glenda said...

Have seen this on the news and am glad to hear help is arriving. The damage is really amazing.

Z said...

My thoughts are with the people of Madeira.

Mirela said...

I've seen the reports in the news... it's terrible! I hope they get help ASAP...

Cezar and Léia said...

Querido amigo,
Aqui estamos orando pelo povo portugues, para que todos sejam fortes para enfrentar tão dura prova que a natureza está impondo nesse momento.
Abraços
Léia

m_m said...

We are sorry about that!

Anya said...

Yes I had seen it on Dutch TV :(
Nature ..nature ..nature !!!

I was on vacation there in Madeira
two years ago ( I wish I could help !!!)
:(

Kilauea Poetry said...

Oh wow..these images look bad indeed! Very intense. I am sorry to hear about it but apprectiate you bringing this to light JM-

Joan Elizabeth said...

I saw these photos on TV last night. When I asked my husband where it was happening he said Portugal and I thought instantly of the beautiful land you portray each day ... but like ours it has both beauty and terror.

Irina said...

I am so sorry. I hope so much that it is last disaster of this winter at our helpless little planet.

Leif Hagen said...

Terrible photos! Mother Nature can cause so much destruction so quickly! I wonder how everything is going for our CDP blogger Paulo in Fuchal?!

VP said...

Terrible images, I really hope the conditions will improve soon.

MurciaDailyPhoto by usuahia said...

I feel sorry for this beautiful island. I think that is the same storm that crossed the Canary Islands (the day before), where it also left a mess and several deaths.

Tinsie said...

It looks AWFUL. The last photo in particular is totally surreal.

Peter said...

Terrible! Weather seems to show some stronger extremes than ever! There are some contradictory discussions about how serious the climate change really is, increasing temperatures and melting ice etc... , but one point where the experts seem to agree is that the number of extremes with consequent disasters is increasing!

B SQUARED said...

Tragic! Can't say anything more.

Small City Scenes said...

I saw this on the news and was horrified. Good thoughts going out to all these survivors. MB

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Dear GOD, I'm so sorry - I didn't even hear about this on the news. I hate that those people have to endure this tragic event, I'll pray for the families!

cieldequimper said...

I don't have TV JM and don't want to watch news, so these are the first photos I've seen of the catastrophe I've heard so much about. Haiti and now Madeira. Just goes to show how little we are, for all our technology.

Gunn said...

I have TV.... and I get the news straight in to my living room.
I do feel sad and sorry for the people and the island!
BBC had an interview with a British tourist operator, who said that it will soon be back to normal.....I seriously can`t see that.
A lot of work. I hope EU give all the help they will need.

Wolynski said...

Ooh, horrible. But Mother Nature has a way of reminding us she's here.

lizziviggi said...

My heart goes out to the surviving families... what a tragedy.

Anzu said...

I feel helpless against the forces of nature.
I admire their courage and love.

Dean Grey said...

Scary stuff to see!

Hopefully these people can recover during the aftermath.

-Dean