Thursday, January 3, 2008

Flooded out of my site

Hey all,
The big news is that I was evacuated out of my site on January 2nd due to Peace Corps Security Officer's concerns about floods at my site, Nova Mambone. You might be able to read about it on the news. Heavy rains in Zimbabwe drain in several rivers including the one that i live right nearby, and the road has been flooded in a few places. I'm hoping to write more about this at length tomorrow if i can get back to internet. Basically, though, a lot of the homes on the north side of the main road have been flooded and so people are out of their homes. The road was built in 2000 or 2003 or something, but it was designed very poorly and the experts didn't listen to the local people, including the Catholic priest at the mission near my house (who is very upset at the way things turned out). Basically, the road acts as a dam and keeps the floodwaters from passing through to the south side of the road, so many of the homes AND FARMS on the north side of the road are more prone to flooding as a result. It's plain to see that the road is to blame. At one point where the water was spilling over the road i observed a whirlpool on the one side, and on the other a 2 ft diameter concrete drain pipe spraying like a firehose into the lower lying south side of the road. the pipe was designed to alleviate the floodwaters, but the builders decided to skimp a little on the water management infrastructure and now that those builders have been paid and left its the community that bears the costs of their poorly executed project. I will need to do some more research into how this all came to pass. for photos see my link to the right.


Barbara said...

Greg, We just found out about your blog & what do we see?? You're flooded out of your site!! Hope all is going well. We think of you often and know you are really doing a great job. Your contribution is a good one & more should see that opportunity in PC. We'll keep in touch. Stay well!
Barbara & Steve (RPCV-Panama),Chris (RPCV-Niger) & Libby Spangler

Quique said...

Hi Greg. I just got back from visiting with Jaime, Aaron, Ben, Laura, and Nick in Asheville. We thought about you :)

I hope your Peace Corps experience is enriching. Hopefully, the flood didn't cause too much damage. I'll let you know whether Nicole and I get accepted into the Peace Corps.

Be safe,