Portugal has been hit with the most devastating horror that this country has seen in recent years.
As of today, we had around 500 active wildfires. An entire country burning down in flames. The images that are coming up on the news, social media, etc; reaches a level of intensity that I never thought I’d see in this country.
Thousands of people have lost EVERYTHING they had. Houses, possessions, pets, their land that most of them farmed and were their entire income of money or even food. People have lost loved ones because of the fires. As far as I know, there are around 36 dead and still more seriously injured.
We’re a small country and we’re no strangers to wilfired. But this… It’s October. And today it was 36ºC!!!!
That may sound amazing to some people because it’s warm and it still feels like summer… but it’s the worst thing that could happen to us.
We have no water, no resources. There are people, brave firefighters on the fronts of these pits of hell. And it’s not enough.
I have no words to express how I’m feeling at the moment.
I feel powerless. I think about the people that are going through this and my heart hurts for them.
If you’re Portuguese, please reach out to your local Fire Station or call Liga dos Bombeiros Portugueses and ask how you can help.
I, unfortunately, cannot donate blood. But gallons of water, canned food and other goods you see can be helpful, please donate.
And for the rest of world, just keep us in your thoughts.