Flooding Prompts Lawmakers’ Intervention

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Following a robust media focus on the recent flooding in Monrovia and other areas of the country, Members of the House of Representatives have underscored the need for government to take appropriate measures to swiftly deal with the issue of flooding every rainy season.

The lawmakers called on the Ministry of Public Works (MOPW) to enforce zoning Laws to contain flooding that continues to wreak havoc annually on communities around the country.

According to the lawmakers, it was regrettable that Liberians continue to suffer due to flooding during heavy rainfall, blaming it on the clogging of drains and the illegal construction of structures over waterways and in alleys.

The lawmakers made the observation during their regular session yesterday following reports of flooding in the city and its environs in recent days leaving many people homeless and their properties destroyed.

The legislators pointed out that when the waterways are cleared there will be free flow of water through drainages that will reduce the threat of flooding.

They expressed fear that if the situation is not dealt with as soon as possible, it could trigger serious health problems to the detriment of the population.

Meanwhile, Plenary has mandated the House Committee on Public Works to liaise with the Ministry to put in place measures aimed at addressing the zoning problems and report to them in two weeks.

In a related development, Assistant Public Works Minister for Community Services, George Yarngo, has described recent flooding in and around Monrovia as “very unfortunate.”

Assistant Minister Yarngo in his response to the series of media publications on the flooding also attributed the situation to “building in or blocking the waterways thereby forcing the flowing water to burst its banks.”

He said floods are a result of obstruction in any form including narrow passage of waterways during heavy down pour, narrow and outlived drainages, blocked drainages, and increased retention time for free flow of water.

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