Storm Causes ‘Serious’ Disaster in Voinjama

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A very violent and disastrous storm has left many structures in Voinjama, Lofa County destroyed and de-roofed.

The Tuesday, May 13, storm de-roofed the Telewoyan Hospital, damaging a huge consignment of drugs.

The violent storm also destroyed the roofs of Child Welfare Committee Public School and another private school.

Several homes and business houses were touched by the storm.

The incidence occurred at about 3 p.m., on Tuesday.

Many people were seen in a panic, shaken by the heavy storm.

A drug store owner, Alice Kollie, whose store was destroyed, said the situation was appalling for her family because it is the business that her family depends on for their livelihood.

“I do not know exactly what to do now because I just invested a huge sum of money into this business. The money was credited from my business partner to pay back in a short period. Now that the drugs are damaged where will I get money to pay back?” she wept. “I am greatly distressed,” she added.

Ms. Kollie is the proprietor of the Telmoba Medicine store in Voinjama City.

When contacted, immediately after the sad incident, the Development Superintendent of Lofa County, Mrs. Kulubor Jones Janga, described the situation as pathetic and stated that the local authority was highly concerned.

“We are moved by what has happened and we are therefore walking around in the various communities to identify all those affected from this unfortunate situation,” she said.

According to Mrs. Janga over 50 houses including schools and business centers were destroyed by the storm.

“Even a little girl sustained injury and was taken to the hospital for treatment,” she added.

She said that they are looking in to the conditions of those residents affected for possible assistance.

She, however, stressed the need for National government and sons and daughters of Lofa County to come to the aid of the storm victims.

“Many of the kids will not be able to attend classes for the next few days. Therefore we want Lofians to quickly intervene so that our children may continue school very soon,” she appealed.

Meanwhile, the head of the Lofa County Health Team, Mr. Wolobah Y. Moore, in an exclusive interview told this paper that part of the Telewoyan Hospital’s roof was removed and that the situation facing the hospital needed urgent attention.

According to Mr. Moore, several cartons of medicines in the out-patient department (OPD) were damaged.

“There are over 300 cartons of medicines that were meant to be distributed to the various clinics in the county. How to replenish these drugs is what we are now thinking about,” he said. 

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