I have talked at length to my friend in Uganda and with my former employer who I worked with in Nametsi, currently in Namibia. I now have a clearer idea of what exactly happened to Nametsi. I Will not go into it here, it is too dreadful.
Damascus, my friend spent all day yesterday up at Nametsi. He is familiar with Nametsi from our time working there and lives a couple of villages away. He tells me that the place is unrecognizable. Where once there was a valley is now flat. Of the Health Unit there is no trace. An odd bit of concrete here and an iron sheet there.
We are talking about what can be done to help prevent things like this taking so many lives. Natural events like this are unavoidable in this part of Africa, we are powerless to prevent it…ever.
But we may be able to help prepare people on what to try should it happen to them and prevent it from taking so many lives next time.
Early days; I hope to talk to Damascus again shortly, you can imagine, phone coverage is difficult.