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05/30/2006

Falling Rocks and Landslides

12_1 In the city of Palangi of Bagh district, where JEN is currently conducting several projects, there are frequent landslides and falling rocks after continuous days of raining. The land made loose from the past earthquake has only made matters worse.
The other day, we were caught in a traffic jam that had occurred as a result of a fallen rock completely blocking the road.

Three workers hired by the government, working nearby to widen numerous roads, were brought out to clear the rocks. “Clearing the rocks”—striking the rocks with hammers, carrying the broken pieces with their hands, then hauling them over the cliff—was work that demanded much time and patience.
After a while some villagers began helping out, and we, as JEN staff, whose mission is emergency support, joined in as well. One by one, the drivers and passengers of the stopped buses and trucks also began climbing out, and all began to help remove the debris.

What would have taken at least 4 to 5 hours had there only been 3 people, was finished in a matter of 30 minutes. Automobiles were free to go to and fro once again.
A big round of applause to the locals’ teamwork for saving everybody’s day.

May 30, 2006 in Pakistan |