Rainstorm Destroys 12 Communities in Grand Cape Mount


A torrential rainstorm over the weekend destroyed several houses in over 12 communities, rendering 600 or more residents homeless in Grand Cape Mount County.

Officials from the Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) told reporters that due to severe flooding in the affected communities, hundreds of makeshift latrines (toilets) were destroyed in three of the county’s districts.

The LNRCS staff who is based in the county said that an assessment conducted by his entity revealed that several water ways were contaminated.

The LNRCS official said a majority of those made homeless are currently seeking refuge in makeshift shelters or surviving in open fields.

The victims are meanwhile appealing to aid agencies and the government to quickly intervene by providing them help to reestablish their lives.

Some of the affected residents told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that since the incident, no form of assistance has reached them.

Among many livelihood initiatives destroyed as a result of the rainstorm are rice farms and livestock that also drowned in the heavy flooding.

The victims said the destruction of their farms and houses will greatly affect the food security drive for them.

“We are really suffering in our own places and need some urgent assistance in the form of food, clothes, drinking water, cooking utensils, zinc sheets, planks, nails and medicine,” David Kemokai pleaded.

“I lost everything in my house as the flood water carried away all that I have worked for over the years and I need urgent resettlement,” Mr. Kemokai cried.

“Our displaced conditions are deteriorating everyday and should therefore claim the immediate attention of the government,” Kemokai pleaded.

Since the disaster occurred, Mr. Kemokai said the affected residents have not been able to access assistance from anywhere.

It may be recalled that the first flood occurrence left a 45-year-old man dead and several properties completely destroyed at Bo Waterside and other parts of the county.


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