we are in full swing for thanksgiving. my brother and two of his boys will be down tomorrow for a couple of days of visiting the campos, hiking, taking in a river trip and a big thanksgiving dinner.
the road has been temporarily fixed. just a few slow spots, but everything can know get out here.
we're taking a big yucca and plantain collection on thursday and plan on sending a big truckload to the displaced and homeless.
so, all things being equal, things are just about back to equal.
we had electricity for about 10 minutes, that means the main line is fixed.
it appears as if the road is now passable.
we sent, via dave kirby and his 2.5 army truck, 30,000 servings of dry soup to the needest of the suffering.
the real damage will be the impact on agricultural production. some people are claiming destruction rates of 80%, which will make things scare, especially since we're entering the dry season. so, pray that the crops can recover.
62,428 out of their homes
30+ still missing
still no electricity
still no way to get to the capital from our diocese unless you want to take the northern route through the mountains, which requires a serious vehicle and is impassible to the big rigs.
our diocese has been the hardest hit, but we are organized and working. keep up the prayers.
food is becoming short as everyone is hoarding and so much of the local produce was destroyed on the big farms. so, until the road gets fixed things will be in short supply throughout the southern region, including banica. it's a good thing we just received a case of spam light on the latest sea-can...
otherwise, life is rather dull, since the secretary of education cancelled all classes until next week and people are entering the "6 days without electricity" depression that sets in after a while.
i'll keep you informed.