August 05, 2006

Back on the Blog

Hi. Sorry I haven't put anything on here for ages – 1st the internet has been a bit unreliable, then we had to go to Lahore for a few days for some meetings (where we have no internet access) and the last few days we've been pretty busy arranging some emergency food relief. The Satbani villages where we were setting up livelihood improvement groups with a local charity INSAN have been badly affected by heavier than expected monsoon rains onto earthquake disturbed ground, causing landslides, loss of shelters and food supplies and road closures. We've been waiting for the last couple of days for the main road to Balakot to be open, during the day, in order to get some emergency food supplies in for the villagers to collect.

It is nearly 1030 today, and the rain is just starting to ease that has been going since 0630. When it's raining, it's too dangerous to go on the road as this is when landslides occur, and after the rain, any blockages have to be cleared. If this happens before it rains again, we might get a window of opportunity to get the supplies in. It can be very frustrating just having to wait for the weather and the road to be cleared – we've got details for food supply purchases and transport all sorted out and we're ready to go – but we have to wait. Last night, after dark, we were told the road had been cleared – but by the morning, it was raining again and we have to wait again. Please pray for the rain to stop and the roads to be unblocked quickly, as at least 1200 people have been waiting nearly a week for relief. Of course with the road blocked, we can't even get to our other projects, so we can do nothing but wait and write blogs!
I will start work on a photo entry of recent events as soon as this entry is published.

Thanks to everyone who I know is praying and thinking of us here. We are all personally fine, and enjoying the cooler weather that the rain brings – it almost feels like home – we even had fog last night.

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