This time the rock slide started more than halfway up the mountain. You can see the spot in the following photos, where brown has replaced the green. With such momentum, the rocks tore through the town.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Delivering hope in little packages.
It was another very busy day, this time in Verapaz. This community of about 2000 experienced the most tragedy from the flooding that hit in November. It is situated close to the foot of a volcano. After the rain started that night, they explained that water and mud came rushing down the mountain, but it wasn't bad and they weren't worried. Then they started to feel the ground shake. They didn't know which way to run, although they knew what was happening. Huge rocks and boulders crushed houses and lives. This had happened before, a few years ago. The town is more settled, with subsistent farmers and others who live off the land. It has paved or cobbled streets in a grid-like pattern. They own the land they live on. They can't sell it because no one will buy it; the prices of land has sky-rocketed lately. It is their pride. So they just simply rebuild and hope this disaster doesn't happen again.