August 05, 2006

Mansehra photos 1

This entry has a selection of photos taken around the Earthquake affected area.
First is the SA's house in Mansehra where we live. Majors Alison and Wendy are sitting on verandeh where we spend much of our time when it is hot and the power (and the fans) are off, or when the living room is being hoovered. When the power is off at night we watch the glowing bugs that look like long woodlice with lights up their bottoms and the occasional fireflies! During the day or when the lights are on we've seen geckos, huge grasshoppers, frogs, praying mantisses a giant centipede thing. If I get time, I'll put some photos of them up as well!

SA House, Mansehra

The last time we visited our projects and Mang and Boli the weather was dry and the main road to Balakot was wide and easy, albeit bendy, with a little work going on in one place where the river had undermined the side of the road and a landslide had landed on top.

Balakot Roadworks

Boli is on this road, and we could see that levelling of the ground was starting with a tractor. The road up to Mang had been badly damaged as a result of the earthquake and subsequent landslides, which made for an exciting but reasonable journey in our 4×4 vehicle.
Mang Road

You can see here how the road must have once been quite reasonable tarmac, but vehcles have to veer off onto the dirt to avoid lost parts of the road.
At one point along this road, we pass over a bridge – the first time the team crossed this (before I arrived) and looked back, they got quite a shock, as you can see from the next photo, the floodwaters had done some damage!
Mang Road Bridge

Needless to say we're praying no more damage is done to the bridge by the next time we need to cross it! In my next entry, I'll post some of the more recent photos of last week's adventurous trip to Mang and Boli, after some heavy monsoon rains!

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