Perennial flooding, garbage pollution and clogged drainages have become age-old challenges for residents of Monrovia.
Every year during the Rainy Season, residents of over crowded slums and other communities in and around Monrovia endure hardships as a result of flooding, coupled with unattended garbage.
The majority of Monrovia’s residents and business entities are built in flood plains that play host to continuous flood water and countless breeding places for mosquitoes and other harmful insects.
Most of the drainages in and around Monrovia lie open, narrow and un-concreted. They constantly need sustained rehabilitation and expansion in order to cope with the volume of waste that go through them.
The epi-centers of flood water are the crowded slums and deprived communities where structures are built without engineering consultations and designs.
Touring three major slum settlements in Monrovia earlier this week, volumes of flood water and piles of garbage were seen filling streets and clogged drainages.
Buzzy Quarters, Doe Community and West Point were flooded with dirty water and garbage.
The general facial expressions of residents and business people in the affected communities reflected anger, frustration, resentment and dissatisfaction due to their present conditions.
Sadly, at the Rally Time Market on United Nations Drive, a stone’s throw from Buzzy Quarters, cook-shops and mini restaurants were in business a few yards from one clogged drainage, which played host to flies, cockroaches and other harmful insects.
In that same community around the Rally Time Market, latrine facilities constructed by aid agencies and private entities exist, but in unsanitary conditions.
A handful of charcoal sellers in the Rally Time Market, expressed shock and disappointment about the odor emanating from the garbage dumped there three weeks ago.
“This stink dirt and water at this Rally Time Market continues to make us sick all the time because the sanitation companies are not clearing the rotten garbage regularly from this big dumpsite,” Charcoal seller Martha Wesseh said.
A 54-year-old cook-shop operator, Esther B. Sackie, also told the Daily Observer that her business is losing customers everyday due to the unsanitary conditions of the Rally Time Market.
She explained that flies and other harmful insects and rodents such as rats and cockroaches are “regular visitors” to her shop.
This story has not changed since last year, or the year before, and may likely not change next year.