Several Persons, Vehicles Stranded in Southeast

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The roads to Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County and the southeast, are an economic hazard for half of the year, every year in Liberia, due to the rains.

The Daily Observer has gathered that due to the bad road network in the southeast of the country, several persons traveling that way, as well as their vehicles, are stranded.

The passengers and their vehicles, the report said, got stranded about a week ago, and they are reportedly running out of food and water.

The report was corroborated by dispatchers at Monrovia/Grand Gedeh Parking Station, who confirmed that hundreds of businessmen, women, aid agency vehicles and commuters are stranded due to the deplorable road conditions.

They added that the passengers and the vehicles were stuck in the muddy areas of the road.

As a result, some of the stranded vehicles have reportedly developed mechanical faults on the highway near the security post at Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County.

Meanwhile, there are also reports that goods, which some of the stranded persons were carrying to Zwedru, have begun to rot as a result of being confined for so long.

During the weekend, some of the stranded passengers, contacted via mobile phone, told the Daily Observer that they have been stranded for two weeks.

They further noted that to send their messages to Monrovia and other areas, they have to travel about four to five miles and climb high hills to get network signal to call relatives and friends.

Businessman George B. Bleeton, 48, said he was disappointed because “If we remain stranded with these perishable goods for another week, we will incur loses thus hindering our businesses.”

Mr. Bleeton added that the stranded passengers are running out of basic necessities such as food and safe drinking water.

“We only want the government to fix the very bad parts of the road for now and wait for the dry season to do real work on this highway,” one of the passengers pleaded.

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