The man (dark jacket) on the right is wading through rising waters; he's carrying a domestic gas tank and a laptop.
Slowly but surely the flood waters are beginning to encroach the city; neighbourhoods on the fringes of the city have been badly affected. The city's sewage system is old and has given way in some places. On TV today a lady was crying her heart out as she waded through stinking filthy water in her living room. She complained about the awful stench inbetween sobs. Diseases have also broken out.
We've had heavy rain but not the sort of torrential showers that would normally cause flooding of this magnitude. I'm perplexed and very grieved by the loss suffered by the poor. One newspaper report says that thousands of families have been badly affected by floodwaters.
A group of us together with folks from another church are planning to bring blankets, clothes, medicine, temporary shelters to the folks who've lost everything this Saturday. Apparently there is a way to reach these isolated communities. People have told us however that its difficult to distribute emergency supplies because there does not appear to be fixed areas where aid is stored and distributed. I do not know if this is true. We'll find out when arrive.
Hope to post a report on the situation next week.
Pray for us!