Today was a great example of how crucial footbridges are in these remote regions. Here is why:
6:30 am: I woke up early in the morning and went down to the river to dip my legs in the clear knee high water and it looked like this:
Then it started raining. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a regular shower that went on for 3 hours. After our community meeting we walked back to the river bed to obtain additional survey points, around 11:30 am, to find a raging river that had risen almost to shoulder level. A few people who lived across the river crossed quickly as we could literally see the water level rising every minute. Even this was risky because if they tripped it would have been hard to regain balance in the fast flowing rapid. I was shocked to see such a quick change in the river, and it wasn’t even a monsoon downpour. Below is an image taken during the rain. As you can see there is a high runoff resulting in the brown colored water.