TROPICAL STORM KETSANA - A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.


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November 10th 2009
Published: November 17th 2009
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As we sat eating our dinner, the sky, which had appeared threatening all day, suddenly opened up and a downpour the likes of which I have never seen, just plummeted down to Earth. Continual flickering of background lightening was soon replaced with constant bright flashes of light and accompanied by rumbles of angry thunder. After an hour, the thunder became so loud it was frightening and one clap... Read Full Entry



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On our Way!On our Way!
On our Way!

The tired troupe makes its way by boat to the Lifestart free School to begin round 2 of the clean-up.
Water-Logged Gates.Water-Logged Gates.
Water-Logged Gates.

Arriving at our destination - a water-logged School!
A Flooded Front Play-Ground.A Flooded Front Play-Ground.
A Flooded Front Play-Ground.

After 48 hours the amount of water was still mind-boggling!
The Face says it all!The Face says it all!
The Face says it all!

Making their way into the Free School are Marelyn and Jade - who is clearly enjoying the sensation of the oozing mud between her toes!
Mud Facial, Anyone?!Mud Facial, Anyone?!
Mud Facial, Anyone?!

Sue gets stuck into the verandah out the front of the Free School. The amount of mud was incredible!
Mind your Backs, Girls!Mind your Backs, Girls!
Mind your Backs, Girls!

Marelyn and Jade begin mud removal inside the Free School.
Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!
Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!

There really was nothing quite like it! It took many back-breaking hours to scrape all the mud out and rinse the floor, walls and furniture to prevent it from drying.
An Oozing, Slimy Mess!An Oozing, Slimy Mess!
An Oozing, Slimy Mess!

It is hard to fathom the speed with which so much water can appear, and then suddenly recede, leaving such a muddy, chocolaty mess in its wake!
School of MudSchool of Mud
School of Mud

Despite having balanced the furniture and other resources as high as possible to avoid damage, everything, up to the top layer visible in the photo was covered in thick mud.
It Reached How High..?!It Reached How High..?!
It Reached How High..?!

Fiona poses with her mud-soaked back-pack next to the flood-line on the Free School wall, giving an insight into how much water really was unleashed.
Now can I have a Coffee?!Now can I have a Coffee?!
Now can I have a Coffee?!

An exhausted Karen is ready to call it a day, after over twelve hours of cleaning.
Lifestart Foundation Free SchoolLifestart Foundation Free School
Lifestart Foundation Free School

We boated into the school to view the damage.
Lifestart Foundation Free SchoolLifestart Foundation Free School
Lifestart Foundation Free School

The roof was badly damaged.
Lifestart Foundation Free SchoolLifestart Foundation Free School
Lifestart Foundation Free School

The school will re open in December, after the flood season is over.
Our Local PagodaOur Local Pagoda
Our Local Pagoda

Little Hien who featured in the last blog lives here.
Impromptu MarketImpromptu Market
Impromptu Market

The local market was flooded and food was not available for several days. This impromptu market opened on the street.
Thien Nga HotelThien Nga Hotel
Thien Nga Hotel

Many of our volunteers have stayed at this hotel over the years.
Thien Nga HotelThien Nga Hotel
Thien Nga Hotel

Travellers are a bit shocked to wake up to this reception area.
Thien Nga HotelThien Nga Hotel
Thien Nga Hotel

Marelyn and Karen arrive to see if all is well with volunteers staying here.
Marelyn and RussellMarelyn and Russell
Marelyn and Russell

The water line is head high.



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