Storm Claims 1 in Lofa, 24 Homes Rendered Roofless

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The citizens and residents of Jaryamai in Voinjama District, Lofa County last week were the victims of a rainstorm. The storm left 24 houses completely roofless and a number of people homeless.

According to the storm’s victims, who spoke to the Daily Observer over the weekend, the downpour left one fatality in its wake. The victim died at the Telewoyan Memorial Hospital in Voinjama.

Some hospital sources told the Daily Observer that the rainstorm victim died as a result of severe internal bleeding and other complications beyond the medical personnel’s comprehension.

Reports said the storm left many of the town’s residents homeless and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

Owing to the geographical location of Jaryamai Town in open terrain, some people have predicted that residents should expect more heavy rainfall during this Rainy Season.

Those left homeless have sounded an urgent appeal to the Liberian Government’s relevant agencies, humanitarian entities, non-governmental organizations and well-meaning Liberians to assist them with roofing sheets (zinc), cement, planks, nails, clothes and house hold utensils.

The storm’s victims said they are temporarily residing with kind relatives and friends in other villages in Voinjama District.

They further explained that some of the affected citizens and residents are seeking refuge in makeshift shelters and in Jaryamai Town’s open air town hall.

They said as a result of their stay in the open air town hall, they have fallen prey to mosquitoes.

Some of the victims told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that since the misfortune befell them, no single entity has come to their rescue.

The rainstorm had a sad effect on the former Mayor of Voinjama, James C. Mulbah’s village four miles southeast of Voinjama.

The former Mayor told the Daily Observer that his five-bed room house was de-roofed, too.

Former Mayor Mulbah described the suffering of the people as grave and in need of swift intervention.

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