One of our Mission Partners in Pakistan recently sent this update and a collection of photos from her area. Please join us in praying for her and the community in which she serves.
After the Pakistan government announcement that schools and Colleges are allowed to reopen on September 15 (after 6 months of being closed), seemingly good news, it is not even possible for many in the rural areas.
Extreme monsoon rains and widespread flooding have caused havoc in the area, with water not draining away and therefore many villages becoming flooded. Many people are living on charpais on the side of road which is where the highest land is. They are currently dealing with trying to access food and basic needs while being exposed to a plague of mosquitoes which some describe as being as thick as the locusts which came through previously. These mosquitoes bother not just people, but animals too, causing many deaths from the ensuing disease. People are therefore seeking mosquito netting to protect animals as well as themselves.
The grounds of the School and Colleges which our hostel students attend are themselves flooded out, and cannot open by next week and not until the water can be drained. While the rains happened at the end of August, due to the drainage issues water still lies deep in many places.
In light of all this, the Hostel will delay calling the students back. We are watching the situation as rains are predicted again September 22. We are hoping that we will be able to bring hostel students back so they can continue their studies by the end of the month.
Please pray with us for the many challenges these communities are facing.
This article was originally written September 10.