Pakistan and US working to rebuild Muzaffarabad
24 January 2006
The Daily Times
Muzaffarabad: On the direction of the Pakistan Military Engineers, the US Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (SEABEES) and Pakistani contractors are working jointly to rebuild Muzaffarabad. This week the Pakistan contractor and the Navy SEABEES surpassed the 40,000 cubic yards mark of cleared debris. Over 7,700 cubic yards alone were removed from the university. “Our progress is measured in debris excavated and shelters built,” said Lieutenant Mike Trest, officer in charge of the SEABEE detachment. “We couldn’t accomplish all this without our Pakistani partners. They are expert equipment operators and extremely hard workers.” Currently a Pakistani excavator and front loader are removing rubble in conjunction with a SEABEE bulldozer and dump trucks. Pakistani military engineers are also at the site to supervise and coordinate the effort. In the nearby village of Kardala, US SEABEES are constructing three ‘SEA Huts’. These 5 X 8 meter structures are made from locally purchased lumber and will be used as a temporary boys high school.