Close to three months have passed since that surrealistic morning when in a matter of 4-5 minutes our little paradise turned into a gigantic crater filled with mud and debris, and everything around us was pitch-black, cold, wet and windy. Before we even understood that our house was on the move, it fell apart on top of us.
That we managed to escape virtually unharmed is nothing short of a miracle. Living on the ground floor of a 3-storey house that suddenly turns into a pile of broken boards, glass and metal pipes, with the roof like a lid on top of it all, it is not to be expected that you simply can crawl out of it and look down on the disaster.
Nine of our immediate neighbors lost their lives, and so did also a woman who happened to air her dog when the landslide struck at 3:57 in the morning. What used to be an idyllic settlement of villas and houses on a slope with a 9-hole golf course in front of it, instantaneously turned into 20-meter-deep crater of mud and water, big enough to host more than 70 soccer fields. Based upon calculations more than 1,1 million cubic meters of ground had suddenly dissolved.
It very quickly became obvious to us that looking back was not an option. Everything that we possessed was simply gone. Most importantly though, we were somehow still alive and allowed to enjoy yet another day, and this for sure overshadows everything else. It did also not take long before our relatives and friends managed to get through to us with their relief, care and support in all imaginable ways.
We are simply overwhelmed by the consideration that has been shown to us. Photos and memorabilia have been sent to us electronically and by mail, and financial support has been gathered from all around the world. With this Anna, Michelle and I would like to thank you all for everything that you have contributed with in so many different ways.
All money that we have received through the EPBF/WPA crowdfunding, as well as the money that we have received from individuals on the side, have been gathered in a new account that will be used towards the purchase of a new home when the time comes. For the time being we have moved from the hotel where we stayed for two months into a temporary apartment. We expect that we should be able to move into our new home around this time next year.
As you may understand, so much more could be said about what happened back then and ever since, but it all boils down to a simple message from the bottom of our hearts to you, no one mentioned, no one forgotten,