Flood Water Causes Headache, Misery for Monrovia Communities

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As usual, the weekend flood water in some parts of Monrovia and its environs again caused serious headache, agony and misery for many of Monrovia’s communities and residents.

During the weekend there were heavy downpours of rain that adversely affected several community residents and business entities. 

Consequently, some concerned environmentalists and health workers have sounded an urgent appeal to the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and  the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) for their swift interventions to protect citizens and residents affected by flooding.

Among the affected communities were the former Omega Navigation Station on the Paynesville-Kakata highway, the Doe Community at Bushrod Island, Soul Clinic, LEC substation, Joe Bar in Paynesville and GSA Junction.

It was also observed that affected residents of the communities were seen stranded in flooded water which carried lots of debris, detrimental to health and the environment.

Regrettably, environmentalists say that several of the structures in the affected communities were built in what they called ‘in flood plains.’

The environmentalists and geologists explained that residents and business entities built in such areas are always potential targets of extensive flooding.

Recently in rural Liberia, specifically between Saclapea and Tappita Districts, a large river over-flooded the highway, disconnecting human and vehicular traffic for almost 18 to 24 hours.

Accordingly, about 18 commercial, aid-agency and other public service transport vehicles were stranded on both sides of the road connection to Southeastern Liberia.

Some aid-agency officials at the stranded spot on the Saclapea and Tappita highway, expressed serious concern over the impediments been posed by the over flooding of the river.

An aid-agency official, Washington B. Nyanti, underscored the need for the rehabilitation of the 25-year-old bridge and fixing of dangerous potholes on the highway.

Several businesspeople also stranded at the flood water expressed grave concern over the deplorable conditions of bridge in particular, and the general condition of the road corridor in that part of Nimba County.

Businessman Tommy K. Tugbeh pointed out that with the huge procurement of yellow machines by the then leadership of Nimba County, bad road connections should be a thing of the past in that commercial and agriculture- driven belt.

“The county authorities and contractors need to put all the yellow machines to work in order for us to do our businesses and services to our sisters and brothers in hard to reach areas in Nimba and other counties,” Mr. Tugbeh pleaded.

He also stressed the need for the current leadership of Nimba County to see the genuine reason and begin rehabilitating the deplorable roads in all parts of county in the interest of humanity and the poverty-stricken rural Liberians.

“I’m of the strong conviction that the current leadership of Nimba County would open their ears and listen to the complaints and appeals of  businesspeople and aid-agencies operating in North and Southeastern Liberia,” businessman Tugbeh stressed. 

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