On the night of 25th to 26th of November 1967, in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, hundreds of people died in the worst floods ever seen in Portugal.
Special Episode – The 1967 Flood
|Created and produced by Marco António
|Translated and narrated by de Lucy Pepper
|Music Wes Martin | Lee Rosevere | Orquestra Popular de Paio Pires
|Thanks to Un. Freg. P.Sto. Adrião e Olival Basto | B.V. Odivelas | Dacia Portugal | Cowork Central
|The Portuguese version of this episode can be found at “Histórias de Portugal” (narrated by Marco António)
The people you heard in this episode:
Some of the memorials to the victims (over 90 of them) of the night of 25th to 26th of November 1967, in the village Quintas, Castanheiro do Ribatejo.
Where is Quintas?
José Sérgio was at the centre of his own incredible story of survival on that night in Quintas. He saved his whole family, with strength he never knew he had.
The censorship of the New State, Salazar’s regime, did not permit many images of the tragedy to be published. However, some remain to help tell the story. Similarly, journalists weren’t permitted to tell the exact number of victims. The “official” number was few than 500, but reports from the people who lived through that time say that the number could well have been over 700.
This is the letter sent by Delfina Gaspar, which she received a few days later, unopened “Return to sender: Recipient passed away in the floods”.