Friday, September 12, 2014

Water, more water

Hey all!

Hope this finds you well, i have been up to a lot, some of the most recent news is we are now in summertime here in the Amazon forest, which is basically less rain and more sun, and more sun!

We hadn't received anything besides a light sun-shower in two weeks, we had left to go into the jungle to visit some communities, Mango Playa, Chonta Punta, La Florida & Selva Amazonica. We went and spent the night in Mango Playa the very next day we split up and half of us went to Chonta Punta while the other half went to La Florida and Selva Amazonica we spent the night in both communities and that night it rained from 9:00 pm through to midday.

We hopped on the 7:30 am bus to return to Ahuano, and about halfway through the drive to Ahauno we round a slight turn we feel the bus swerve and then a giant crash and the bus jumped into the air then we slid to the side, and to finish off we had a final thud!

The big noises turned out to be our half axle of the bus complete with all four wheels had come lose somehow and we had then slid to the side on nothing except the bus frame!

It was still continuing to rain, so everyone got out of the bus and began to walk, eventually different vehicles began to pick the passengers and when we were picked up by a truck and when we got to a bridge a little bit before where we live the river was almost touching the top part of the bridge. As well the very next strip of road was full of water and no trucks, buses, or cars could cross the gap created by the water. So eventually someone grabbed a canoe and began to transport the forty passengers across the gap.

We passed eventually and then got on another bus, just five minutes into the drive we were passing through a different community and the water had gotten up to some of the houses and had entered the first floor of many of the houses, as well as flooding the various farm lands which the surrounding land consisted of. We got to the next biggest bridge and the water was incredibly high, and you could see the numerous whirlpools, we were informed that a small child had been reported taken by the water, and had not survived.

I am going to post some pictures, but continue to keep these people and their homes, and the deceased child in your prayers.

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