The homes of dozens of residents of the township of West Point on the Atlantic Ocean were early yesterday washed away as the sea continued to pound on this already underdeveloped, traumatized slum community.
Our reporter who visited the community yesterday morning observed that the sea is now about 10 yards from the paved road that runs through the township.
A video club, medicine store and food center businessman, Samba Bah, in tears, narrated his ordeal as the sea undermined the homes in the area for days.
“This morning (Wednesday) the houses started being swept away around 3:00 a.m., and as you can see, the sea is almost on the coal tar (tarmac). We are finished, my brother, we are finished!” Samba exclaimed in tears as he narrated his misfortune.
Others whose homes were located in the vicinity from the Kru Beach and Johansson communities, described similar disasters as they frantically tried to gather what they could salvage of their belongings.
For the past 20 years (since 1996), the community has been affected by sea erosion, but since the early 2000s, the disaster which happens yearly has become so severe that both the Executive and Legislative Branches of government are now working to find a remedy.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently visited the township and promised that those affected would be relocated temporarily while a permanent relocation of residents in that community to modern estate homes is carried out.
The Legislature is expected to make budgetary appropriations as a quick remedy while a permanent solution is being sought.
Presently, over one hundred erosion victims are relocated in a makeshift camp in the Brewerville community.
But for Samba Bah and other erosion victims of Tuesday, their immediate needs are temporary dwellings and other basic necessities.
“We want our Senators’ and Representatives’ quick intervention. Our main road is going, please tell them for us,” a group of victims appealed to this reporter.
When contacted, West Point Township Commissioner, Sampson Nyan, told our reporter that besides the residences and business centers, the erosion also washed away a sixteen-room bath and toilet facility recently constructed by Oxfam.
Commissioner Nyan in a worried mood also disclosed that his office is taking the issue up with President Sirleaf, the Superintendent of Montserrado County and the Monrovia City Mayor.
“We have also held talks with the Liberia Electricity Corporation about one of their light poles that will soon be the next to be carried away by the sea recently.We are afraid of what might happen if that pole with high tension wire falls on a building during the rains,” said Nyan.