Funchal after the floods ; Charity appeal ; and other news headlines from Madeira

Today’s photo – Many thanks to Elize … Funchal, after the flood had gone. I have received loads of photos, many thanks.

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Please bear in mind that I am on ‘catch up’ at the moment, 4 days behind, so if anything is posted that no longer seems so relevant, I probably didn’t know … I apologise.

Tess did a piece on her blog about Funchal – ‘An Island in Shock’. "I’m sure you’ll be inundated with pictures – but this is just a written piece". And another : ‘Indomitable spirit’

Paul asked me to post this :

MADEIRA DISASTER COLLECTION : Dioceses Cáritas of Funchal is collecting clothing and other goods to help those most affected by floods in Madeira. They will also inform the local population where the donations can be delivered. However, monetary donations can now be made.

Cáritas Funchal : Address: Calçada do Pico,59 9000-206 – Funchal
Phone:(+351) 291743331
Fax: (+351) 291745714 By sending a fax to this number a receipt will be sent out to you
E-mail: [email protected] WEBSITE

Needs: Clothes, Diapers and baby food needed, Appliances, School Material, Furniture

Donations: Financial Institution: Banif A/c no 1626371377 or NIB no. 003800011626371377113

This from Don re Madeira disaster donations : Attention here is some extra information that is important :
– (BANIF) IBAN PT 50003800011986711677151 and SWIFT CODE (BIC) BNLFPTPL
– If you use this BANIF bank account, then it gives tax benefits to taxpayers, in accordance with Articles 61 and 62 of the Statute of Tax Benefits.
– There are NO officials of the Regional Administration or City Council that are collecting funds for solidarity among the population. Official source SRTT. Thanks a lot Don

This contribution also from Paul :

VIVA MADEIRA! Coverage of Madeira’s unceasing clean-up

The clean-up operation is being documented & filmed by a BBC team led by the reporter Robert Hall on the BBC news website: HERE

Photos of key Funchal city streets that have already been cleaned in 72 hours! HERE

Videos of key Funchal city streets that have already been cleaned in 72 hours! HERE

Apolo (1) by APMadeiraPT.

Outside the famous ‘Apolo Restaurant’ 72 hours after the flooding: Source: FLICKR

As a benchmark for all visitor accommodation in Madeira:the hotel industry of Madeira was not affected and maintains all operating conditions safely.”

Statement on the floods from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation: HERE

As for the tourism sector, according to the information provided by the regional government, the hotel industry of Madeira was not affected and maintains all operating conditions safely. Hotel establishments, in general, are operational and there were not reported any difficulties or problems. The Madeira International Airport is also operational. "I am confident that Madeira will continue to count on its solid tourism infrastructure and services, which have made it the destination of excellence it is today." Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization

Viva Madeira! (long live Madeira)

[Just to change the mood a little] Pete though these links might be of interest :
DINAS DESERTS AZORES FOOD "I have been there a few times. I think they make the best food I have come across, if I was a condemned man my final wish would be one last meal there then you can do what you like ha ha". Thanks Pete.

Tom emailed and said : "Today [last Friday], the brand new dealership of Toyota was officially open in Funchal. I’ve been there. So was Mr. President uncle Bertie. He is a very good talker. His Speech was good and lasted around 15 min. without any prompter or note. During Toyota President speech the lights went off. all was kaput and dark. Fuses could not keep so much power taken from the electrical system. There were two TV stations and maybe four Radios. After we have a very nice reception, including lots of booze and finger food. During radio interview the President was visibly upset about the lack of funds from Lisbon and City staying behind with payments to subcontractors".

Today’s news headlines from the front page of the Diário de Notícias :

Difficult situations in the high zones of Funchal. There are suspicions of people buried in the Luso-Brasileira, as a consequence of a movement of an illegal dump in Babosas.

In the road Travessa dos Poços (Monte) residents are evacuated. Many thanks to Ellen for this : Wall at risk of collapse forces evacuation at Monte – Residents of the Travessa dos Poços relocated to homes of relatives. About two dozen people had to leave their homes, on Wednesday,  in Travessa dos Poços, parish of Monte. Due to the forecast of rain and a wall at risk of collapse the area was evacuated and the residents relocated to homes of relatives. Speaking to TSF, Duarte Pereira, president of the Parish of Monte hopes that next week a study will be done on the support of the wall to allow the return of residents of Travessa dos Poços to their homes.

Forecasts now admit that the water discharge from Saturday  may pass to the side of Madeira.

‘Calamity’ would prevent construction in affected areas.

Today’s main news headline : Solidarity in force – The determination of the Madeirans in the recovery after the storm is having a notable benefit : in the solidarity [fund raising] accounts alone there are €2 million. But groups such as ‘Pingo Doce’ are making their own contributions. The Madeira Beer Company is also restocking outlets in the worst affected areas in Funchal and Ribeira Brava ‘on the house’.

"There is only one Madeira" The president of the Republic thought highly of the recovery effort in Funchal and visited problem areas such as Tabua. He needed to tread in the mud and wander around in the rain, but Cavaco Silva didn’t avoid the problems. "Shoes are plentiful, but there is only one Madeira" he declared. The main picture shows Cavaco in Ribeira Brava, inspecting the remains of the old bridge. The popular view is that the bridge was damaged, probably beyond repair, purely by the force of the water, but that isn’t the full story.  One of many stories yet to be told when the dust settles, unless someone can enlighten us beforehand?

500 vehicles damaged – The damage calculations in the ‘car park Madeira’ suggests as much as €7.5 million.

The main sport / football headline today : Solidarity [fund raising] match may be in Madrid – The Spanish football federation forgives the ‘highlighting’ of "Madeira" by CR9 [Cristiano Ronaldo]. Referring to the t-shirt incident of the Madeiran footballer during a Real Madrid match, as mentioned yesterday. It would be shame, but given the low level of support for football matches on Madeira, the potential for fund raising would probably be much greater in Spain, bizarre as it seems.  

Ellen has kindly covered some of these stories in the ‘blog comments’ … many thanks.

On the TV news (RTP) this morning, the cost of repairing the flood damage in Funchal has been estimated at €200 million. I guess that is just for public property, and the city businesses will have to claim through their insurance policies.

There has also been a warning on the radio about the quality of water, where supplies were affected by the floods. The advice is to boil water, or add bleach, depending what the water is to be used for.

Just announced at 12.20 pm today by the Regional Government the reinstatement, some with alterations, of many of the bus routes cancelled since Saturday. It was a lot of information, probably best obtained from the website(s) of Horários and Rodoeste.

If anyone else can oblige with the translation of any of the ‘blank’ or sparsely filled headlines, or other news stories, here is the link. All contributions much appreciated. 

Many thanks to Paul for sending this in :

Friendship and support from Jersey – My homeland has launched an urgent appeal for the victims of the Madeiran floods. The overseas aid charity Jersey Side By Side is urging Islanders to co-ordinate any fundraising efforts into one larger appeal which Side By Side will run and endorse.

It is hoped that as much money as possible can be raised, but also that the appeal will act as a symbol of friendship and support to the Madeiran community both in Jersey and Madeira. Jersey Side By Side chairman Mike Wavell said that Jersey’s close relationship to Madeira meant it was important for Islanders to show their support.

A concert in aid of the appeal is already being organised by a group of young Jersey musicians currently in Madeira. It is hoped the event will take place on Saturday 6 March at St Thomas’ Church. LINK 

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18 thoughts on “Funchal after the floods ; Charity appeal ; and other news headlines from Madeira”

  1. From the Diario:
    Wall at risk of collapse forces evacuation at Mount
    Residents of the Wells Lane relocated to homes of relatives
    Date: 24/02/2010 Comments: 1

    About two dozen people had to leave their homes, on Wednesday, in the Wells Lane, parish of Monte.

    Due to the forecast of rain and a wall at risk of collapse the area was evacuated and the residents relocated to homes of relatives.

    Speaking to TSF, Duarte Pereira, president of the Parish of Monte hopes that next week a study will be done on the support of the wall to allow the return of residents of Wells Lane to their homes.

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  2. From the Diario:
    Date: 24/02/2010
    Depression can bring heavy rain on Friday
    Weather should be kept under surveillance in the coming hours

    “More intense rainfall will occur in the sea west of Madeira,” said meteorologist Paula Leitão

    The DAILY and TSF-Madeira meteorologist Paula Leitão admits precipitation “more intense” for Friday, except however the forecast shows that it occurs in the sea west of Madeira.

    For the territory of Madeira a weak to moderate rainfall is predicted, which for the weatherman does not configure “no way” risk of a new calamity was advanced today by meteorologist Anthímio de Azevedo in the ‘Jornal’ i.

    Nevertheless Paula Leitao said it is a situation to “keep under surveillance” in the coming hours. “There is a depression (dug very vaio???) that actually passes to the west of Madeira and that will affect the island with strong winds and precipitation,” he said.

    Remember that the weatherman Anthímio de Azevedo warned of the risk of new storm from the night of Friday until the early hours of Saturday. In the Jornal’ Dean said that the weather satellite images denounce the formation of a cloudy system “identical” to what has hit the region on Saturday.

    However, Anthímio de Azevedo admitted that the system may suffer a bias, although the probability that it reaches the region is, at best, “relatively large”.

    The publication also gives voice to meteorologist Manuel Costa Alves who advises caution as the system can go ‘off’ of Madeira. For the former director of the Institute of Meteorology the risk of heavy rain “is great”, but the weather will be more assertive in the coming hours.

    Note also for the predictions of the ‘BBC weather’. The British channel supports the prediction of heavy rains due to a new low pressure front from the Gulf.

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  3. From the Instituto de Meteorologia
    Madeira – Yellow alert (one above normal)
    Last update: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 21:53 UTC

    Wind
    From Wednesday, February 24, 2010 22:00 UTC to Thursday, February 25, 2010 16:59 UTC:
    Average Wind Speed and Maximum Wind Gust
    In the highlands: strong southwest wind (up to 55 km / h) with gusts of around 80 km / h.

    Their prediction is for “periods of rain today” and “moderate rain for the next 2 days.”

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  4. Work continues in Anadia
    Authorities have opened a new connection to the floor flooded in order to remove water
    Date: 24/02/2010

    On Wednesday authorities opened a new hole to drain water from the interior of the -2 floor underground car park of Anadia Shopping, having already removed 40 centimeters of water, said civil protection source Lusa.

    However, it has placed an oxygen chamber to allow air to provide technical civil protection, and are removing flesh that is rotting inside the supermarket that was flooded by the storms on Saturday on the island of Madeira.

    By late afternoon, there were more resources to the site, an ambulance with stretchers, a generator and more military vehicles.

    However, the perimeter security has been strengthened and the residents of surrounding areas can not be home on the road near the place where they are doing the work.

    At the site, divers of the Portuguese Civil Protection and a German team of divers are searching within the space, which has been submerged since the storm on Saturday.

    The authorities have faced various difficulties in the extraction of water from the center, because the floor -2 is based on an area east of a river, which flowed into the interior space. The floor now without water has four thousand square meters, with a height of 2.5 meters. The space of the supermarket also cleared, with 2,500 square meters.

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  5. I didn’t get the pics from you Tom, but thanks to Elize anyway, and I hope she doesn’t mind me using them.

    This weather system due to hit tomorrow is causing a lot of concern, as people expect a repeat of Saturday. The news articles have made it pretty clear that although heavy, the rain intensity will be less, so that is reassuring. The problem is that everything is still so wet and heavy, that another good downpour so soon could trigger more rockfalls, landslides and damage, even if no floods.

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  6. Automobile sector has 7.5 million loss
    It is estimated that the damage to cars has reached at least five hundred
    Date: 25/02/2010

    The floods occurred in Madeira last weekend, weeks have caused the loss of at least 500 vehicles, including automobiles, vans passenger transport, taxis and some cars of freight. The accounts made, still a little above the knee, as there are no concrete figures point to a loss of about 7.5 million, taking as base price and the average of each car 15 billion euros.

    Alfredo Mendonça, Director of Commercial and Industrial Association of Funchal (Madeira) and director of an automotive company, told the daily that the calculation is done by very low and that there is, of course, four days after the tragedy, an inventory made by an official or independent.

    It is known, for example, that there are traders of the automotive sector have lost a few dozen cars that were for sale and who remained stationed in areas of the parish of St. Anthony, as well as the existence of luxury cars and other classics, and its price is higher and that were found submerged in the parking lot.

    The greatest losses, in addition to car parks, have been in the area of San Antonio Road Luso-Brasileira/Pena/Elias Garcia and the lower area of Funchal, where, especially in the alleys of the Old Town, were buried a few tens car. In the councils of Ribeira Brava, Machico and Santa Cruz is also news of the passing car on water flows and other heavy losses which were hit by mudslides and debris. In the municipality of Ribeira Brava, Sierra Water losses are also important in cars, some of which were parked inside homes that have been affected by floods.

    Alfredo Mendonça stated that no insurance can cover these losses. The most serious points that manager associations, is that many of those cars which were swept away by floods, were still being paid to banks, and they were still wholly owned by the poster had. Also serious is the situation with at least one workshop for car mechanics, who had several cars of others in their possession for review and maintenance, and were dragged through the water. These are complicated situations in terms of family economy, since many of the households affected are families who reside outside of Funchal.

    Adentro automotive there is still no survey in the segment of rent a car, although admittedly has suffered few effects, the tragedy occurred at a time of little tourism on the island and few cars are leased on the day of the storm.

    In the segment of rank, industry sources indicated to us that there is at least a dozen vehicles assigned, some given as total losses. In the aftermath of storm, motor vehicles must have a considerable weight, given the extent of the damage , especially in car parks. A park in the area of the Farmers’ Market, yesterday in the evening still had a floor completely submerged, not knowing how many cars can be there.

    Catanho Fernandes

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  7. Insurers will not cover most losses
    Rate of coverage in car insurance for self-damage and insurance is low for multiriscos (total/multi risks)
    Date: 25/02/2010

    Insurers will not cover the largest share of losses from the bad weather in Madeira, since the rate of coverage in car insurance for self-damage is low, as in the risk insurance for business-related and housing.

    Asked by the agency Lusa on the ability of insurers to cover most of the damage, an official source of the insurers of the Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD) has stressed that “not in the case of car insurance, because the rate (of people insuring themselves for?) of self-damage covering phenomena of Nature is low. ”

    With regard to risk insurance, the same source said that “also the rate of car insurance is low or, in other cases, the matter secure the effective misfit heritage(???)”, specifying that “in terms of roads (bridges and tunnels) and works art, usually only the latter are the subject of insurance.

    The branches multiriscos (business and residential), losses, life and personal injury, accidents, car (especially in self-damage), watercraft and liability are the ones who feel the greatest impact of the disaster in Madeira.

    “At this point it is too early to advance a value to the damage caused by the storm that hit the island of Madeira. We believe that the real damage of this disaster will never be measured in its full breadth, as well as financial costs, property loss and personal injury, one will have to consider the economic costs such as losses of income and confidence, and social costs and what may be reflected in the costs of goods and services, “noted Lusa Miguel de Pape, director of the Marsh.

    According to the head of the multinational that specializes in insurance brokerage and risk advisory, operating in over 100 countries, the costs of this disaster will be split between personal injury, disability or death, property damage public property damage in companies and property damage to individuals.

    To these are added the loss of revenue and costs of operating losses and business, both for firms and for government agencies, social costs, costs related to image and financial costs associated with potential deterioration of credit from firms or individuals, as well as any increase in public debt.

    “This raises a question which is whether the insurance contract were well written(?), both in terms of the insurance capital for the relief and some covers important in this context, in particular, the risk of operating losses and the covers for some natural phenomena “Miguel de Pape emphasized.

    In trade, the compulsory insurance that are required for a retailer are in work accidents, fire by the owner, motor vehicle liability if you have car, while insurance are recommended for heritage protection multiriscos (including liability, business interruption and costs reopening).

    “The owners of property insurance multiriscos are protected because the coverage base, which is usually warranted in this case with the floods,” stated an official source of the Box and Health Insurance

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  8. Hi there,

    the following article apeared in my local island newspaper the Guernsey Press on 23rd Ferbuary. http://www.thisisguernsey.com/2010/02/23/local-madeirans-in-shock-after-island-devastated

    MADEIRANS living in Guernsey yesterday spoke of their shock after mudslides swept the Portuguese island on Saturday.

    Portugal yesterday announced three days of national mourning after at least 42 people were killed in the disaster and some 120 were injured.

    Business change analyst Leyla Abreu has lived in Guernsey for 24 years but her grandparents and extended family live in Madeira, which lies 350 miles out in the Atlantic off Morocco.

    Her grandmother has been unable to leave her house for the last few days and her uncle’s sister-in-law, a family friend, lost her house.

    ‘All she is left with are the clothes she was wearing,’ said Miss Abreu. ‘At the moment she is in a shelter hoping an update will be received soon as to where she is going to live.’

    Miss Abreu said the flash floods had been a shock – the island is normally blessed with beautiful weather.

    The capital, Funchal, was badly hit – three rivers that cross it in channels overflowed when torrents of water washed down the steep slopes at the centre of the island.

    MADEIRANS living in Guernsey yesterday spoke of their shock after mudslides swept the Portuguese island on Saturday.

    Portugal yesterday announced three days of national mourning after at least 42 people were killed in the disaster and some 120 were injured.

    Business change analyst Leyla Abreu has lived in Guernsey for 24 years but her grandparents and extended family live in Madeira, which lies 350 miles out in the Atlantic off Morocco.

    Her grandmother has been unable to leave her house for the last few days and her uncle’s sister-in-law, a family friend, lost her house.

    ‘All she is left with are the clothes she was wearing,’ said Miss Abreu. ‘At the moment she is in a shelter hoping an update will be received soon as to where she is going to live.’

    Miss Abreu said the flash floods had been a shock – the island is normally blessed with beautiful weather.

    The capital, Funchal, was badly hit – three rivers that cross it in channels overflowed when torrents of water washed down the steep slopes at the centre of the island.

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  9. Fears for motorists in Madeira :

    FUNCHAL (Portugal)- FOR more than 30 hours, rescuers have pumped millions of litres of water and mud from an underground car park in Madeira’s main town Funchal, fearing motorists were trapped there during flash floods that have devastated the Portuguese island.

    ‘There are people down there for sure. I escaped in time but I heard cries and saw people carried away by the waters,’ Norberto Vieira, a motorist whose car was still stuck in the Anadia shopping centre car park, told AFP on Monday.

    Mr Vieira had a lucky escape: just as he was going down the stairs into the car park, one of the town’s three rivers broke its banks and swept through the streets, carrying mud and rocks into homes and businesses. ‘I heard a great noise, I saw the brown water coming at great speed and I ran for it,’ he said, puffing nervously on a cigarette. ‘My car is still there and if I hadn’t abandoned it, I would be another…,’ said Mr Vieira, who works in an optician office opposite the shopping centre.

    The latest figures put the death toll from Saturday’s floods at 42. All day Monday, residents and shopkeepers tried in vain to clean shops and pavements – they pushed the water into the road with brooms and shovels, only to see it return a few minutes later as another shower fell.

    As the rain came down, 38-year-old shopkeeper Jose Manuel took a break and looked across the street at rescuers working the water pump. ‘We know there are bodies in there, but the authorities don’t want to confirm it yet,’ he said.

    Sniffer dogs brought over from Lisbon on Sunday have detected the smell of corpses, but up to now rescuers have found no signs of anyone trapped in the carpark, a police officer told AFP. Wearing a caving helmet and wetsuit under his yellow waterproof, the officer said there was no chance of finding anyone alive in the flooded carpark. — AFP

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  10. On a totally unrelated topic.

    I have noticed that the men in our neighbourhood seem to get close haircuts before carnival and grow mustaces, longer hair etc over lent.

    Does anyone know, is this just coincidence or part of a tradition?

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  11. I thought it was sad to read on the SAPO page that food prices have already gone up 100%. How are the people who have just lived through this tragedy and lost so much supposed to be able to buy food.

    I don’t think that is right. If there is a shortage of vegetables or staple items then rather than allowing prices to run out of control mainland Portugal should send supplies to Madeira for free distribution to those most in need. This would also prevent greed from creeping in because of a supply and demand situation.

    Also this won’t help tourism one bit as hotels will have to put their prices up accordingly at a time when they are trying hard to get people to visit Madeira.

    Hope whoever is in charge will address this situation quickly.

    On the other side of the coin – the good and very brave people of Madeira are doing a wonderful job in reclaiming their island and I am sure Madeira will rise from the debris as a beautiful place for both residents and tourists in due course.

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  12. Thanks for showing the picture of the Apollo cafe, great to see the clean up is progressing. Big question my daughter asks … did the dog who is always at the apollo survive. If you have been in Funchal for a while you will know the dog I mean, she has even had a newspaper artricle written about her.

    Anyone been down Rua Don Joao and was it damaged? We have a house across from the orchid farm and have no news so far.

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  13. It’s just another one of many rumours going around I think Betty. The GR spokesman has already discounted this as fact, and I have seen no evidence of rising prices yet, and I have just got back from the supermarket.

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  14. My name is Michael Czajkowski and I am a geologist. I used to bring students from Notttingham University for study tiours to the island and we used to discuss tha flash flood potential in Funchal and other places. The damage in Funchal and Rib. Brava is well reported in your pages but I would like to hear from anyone who knows of damage elswhere such as Curral das Freiras or elswhere on the island, particularly in the mountains. I would also like permission to use some of yor splended photos for teaching purposes and a possible article on the causes. What people forget is that flash floods are a common feature in Madeira, historically and pre-historically.

    Many thanks

    Micahel Czajkowski
    Open University UK

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  15. Hi Michael, Curral das Freiras was badly affected with roads still blocked , and they have the added problem of food supplies , but i believe there is some kind of access to the area, and roads should be cleared soon, im happy for you to use any of my photos, just search Tobi in Madeira on Flickr.

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