Help Needed for Fire Victims in Cape Mount

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Over 200 victims of a fire disaster in Telor Town in Grand Cape Mount County are in need of financial and material assistance for quick recovery, the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has said.

Telor is traditionally a fishing community of more than 1,000 inhabitants. The victims suffered a fire disaster on January 23. The township is also currently vulnerable to sea erosion given its coastal location, a Red Cross official said.

The Disaster Management Team of the Liberian Red Cross, upon conducting a rapid assessment in the area, discovered that the victims need emergency shelter, cooking utensils, food, buckets and clothes to reestablish their lives.

The Team, headed by its Coordinator, Ambullai Perry, has also recommended for the immediate relocation of the people to avoid the potential risk of sea erosion in the near future.

Speaking to newsmen over the weekend, Coordinator Perry said there are many people who have been left in a vulnerable situation as a result of the fire and need immediate help.

He said a meeting was held with the community that resolved for the relocation of the community to a site about 500 meters from the beach, where District Commissioner Haja Fahnbulleh has identified a land for the relocation.

He said, as a key responder, the Liberian Red Cross is working along with its international partners to mobilize recovery materials in terms of zinc, nails, clothes, and cooking materials for delivery to the fire victims in the coming weeks.

The Red Cross, he said, in recent weeks, donated several recovery items to 815 vulnerable people and victims of flood, storm and fire disasters in Montserrado County, and has further announced plans of reaching 2,000 disaster victims in 2016.

The Liberian Red Cross acknowledges the support of partners to its disaster response effort and appreciates the Liberian government for their support, and has called for increasing support to reach the most needed.

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