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I have always loved sunsets but since I'm a TE member for almost two years I decided to picture sunsets together with elements which can "learn you something about my world..." :o)

I saw many great tributes to the events in Asia, I also posted one on TL. The only I could imagine is making a parallele between what happened 50 years ago on precisely the place where I live now - Island of Schouwen-Duiveland, Zeeland, beneath sea level - and the disaster in Asia.

From help from guide & Holland Ring:
"In February 1953 the Netherlands faced disaster when the dikes protecting the southwest of the country were breached by the joint onslaught of a hurricane-force northwesterly wind and exceptionally high spring tides. The flood came in the night without warning, a fateful combination of freak high tides and gale-force winds that killed 1,835 people. Almost 200,000 hectares of land was swamped, 3,000 homes and 300 farms destroyed, and 47,000 heads of cattle drowned. It was The Netherlands' worst disaster for 300 years.
Flooding caused by storm surges were nothing new to the Netherlands, but this time the nation was stunned by the extent of a disaster unparalleled for centuries.

Emergency aid flowed in from all over the world to help soften the blow to a country only just recovering from war. Ironically enough, the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management had published a policy document only a few days previously detailing plans to prevent precisely this sort of disaster. The document proposed that all the tidal inlets and estuaries in the provinces of Zeeland and South Holland should be dammed. In the light of the disaster, urgent action was taken to implement this plan, known as the 'Delta Project'.

The Oosterscheldt Storm Surge Barrier is made up of 65 prefabricated and prestressed-concrete piers,weighing 18,000 tons apiece, placed without piling on the seabed and equipped with 300- to 500-ton weighing steel sliding gates. The barrier extends 2.8 km across three channels formed by two work islands and a 128-ft-high dike."

* Look for more about the desaster & Delta Works: here.


Almost same view on the Works and the Tower, in daylight here.

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