"It's getting colder here!!" Report from Pakistan mountain village - also, "The water plant (Vortex Voyagers) working very well"!
Presenting "water plant" in Devli Jabbar with Akhtar to my immediate right
Tuesday - November 22, 2005 - 4:51pm (EDT) - Titusville, FLorida - Air Mobile HQ - Report submitted by Joe Hurston
The E-Mail from Akhtar (received Sunday November 20, 2005) was both gripping and encouraging. He wrote: "It's VERY COLD in affected areas, trying to protect the people with temporary shelter and...the water plant (Vortex Voyagers TM) working very well..Thank you..." I remember Akhtar so well. He shared his experiences that terrifying morning of the Octorber 8, 2005 Earthquake. Nearly 90,000 died and the number is growing! I wrote about it on November 4th upon returning from his mountain village. Akhtar is a Pakistani Relief Worker with National Committee Human Development. Akhtar was our guide to his village, Devli Jabbar. While we were there, we felt the temperature dropping. Between the cold and the outbreak of diseases, many (hundreds of thousands) Pakistanis are at extreme risk. Here is a part of Akhtar's story from our November 4th report:
"As we rumbled down the narrow trail that used to be a mountain road, Ahktar shared what happened to him on the morning of the the terrible earthquake. First came the cataclysmic shaking that roared like a thousand trains. Rocks began falling everywhere, screams of terror and seeing the houses collapsing before his very eyes. The huge shattering shaking just kept going on and on. More rock slides, bodies frantically being pulled out the rubble then suddenly came the storm. It was like no other storm Ahktar had ever experienced, filled with punishing hale, howling wind and more shaking and more rocks falling. Ahktar described the scene of dead bodies with hale striking them, children screaming, then more shaking and finally in blind panic he just began running and pleading with God to save him. He knew it was the end of the world.
Ahktar led us to our destination, the village (his home) of Devli Jabbar located at the extreme tip of Pakistan on the Kashmir border. The four hour drive there was harrowing. The road in places left us a mere six inches on each side with towering boulders precariously balanced above us and a sheer 1000 foot drop off on the other side. What appeared to be smoke on the side of the mountain ahead of us was actually rock slides. The earth is still shaking. So was our team as we proceeded to Devli Jabbar. There are times when you just realize that it could be all over in a flash. Several times, we considered jumping from our vehicle.
This was our second Vortex Voyager TM deployment of the day (the first being in a large tent city). After the grueling journey, we decided to leave 2 Voyagers TM with the village, knowing full well that even a minor after-shock will likely take the road out, completely isolating this village for months. As we entered the village, children laughed and followed us like we were leading a parade as we trekked the final half mile.
We saw graves everywhere. A simple mound of earth to the size of the victim. It was chilling....Look, over the years, I've seen a lot of disasters, but I never get used to it. The grief and suffering literally permeates the air. We trained 2 village leaders on the operation of the Vortex Voyager TM and Akhtar will follow up on the deployment. The simple joy of bringing clean water to these precious people is overwhelming. We must do all that we can to help!
As the day wore on, the air got progressively colder as we all realized that winter is coming. It's likely going to be a harsh winter, as it's early for it to be this cold. TIME IS RUNNING out for so many. Well over 1,000,000 are homeless. Usually, the nomadic Pakistan mountain dwellers migrate down from the upper elevations as winter approaches. That has all changed with the October 8th quake. In many areas, passages are blocked and people are trapped. We must get clean water to them. What a privilege it is to be here at this desperate time and be able to lend assistance in this massive disaster."
Air Mobile is doing all in our power to get back to Pakistan as quickly as possible with at least 50 Vortex Voyagers TM (and 150 more Voyagers TM to follow in short order). Disease is rampant in many camps throughout the affected regions. A major solution to both treating and preventing these disease outbreaks is CLEAN WATER. The Vortex Voyager TM fits "the bill"!! The Vortex Voyager TM is PORTABLE, POWERFUL, EFFICIENT AND EASY TO OPERATE!
We need your help to do this. As I write this report, we are checking on airline tickets back to Pakistan. We are doing this by faith, praying that the funding will come in for this next deployment of LIFE-SAVING Vortex Voyagers TM. Each Vortex Voyager TM is being equipped with a Solar-Power Battery Pack that will enable the Vortex Voyagers TM to pump clean water in the most remote locations (see the CBS - WKMG Television interview on the Air Mobile homepage). Each Solar-Power Vortex Voyager TM system costs $3,000. Please pray that the funding will come in quickly. Air Mobile is READY TO DEPLOY IMMEDIATELY!
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President - Air Mobile
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