Foya, Lofa County Rainstorm Destroys 216 Houses, Schools and Churches

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Reports from northwestern Liberia’s Foya Statutory District say a heavy rainstorm has destroyed more than 216 houses including several of the schools in the district.

The reports, corroborated by aid-agencies, further said that more than 1500 persons have been made homeless.
The victims have meanwhile appealed for urgent humanitarian assistance such as food, medicines and clothing.

According to the District Education Officer for Foya, Robert Saiwor, seven schools were badly damaged, depriving the students of instruction since Monday, June 1.
Saiwor also informed the Daily Observer via mobile phone that a total of 6,000 students are out of school owing to the damage to the schools caused by the rainstorm.

Among the schools affected are Foya Central High School, Assembly of God High School, Mambo Public School, Free Pentecostal Global Mission Junior High School, Philip Banquando Elementary School and a church edifice.
Others hit by the storm are St. Samuel Junior High School and several schools in nearby towns on which the local education office has obtained statistics.

DEO Saiwor recalled how the storm even destroyed the habitat of the rice birds that built their nets on trees that were also hit by the storm.

He added that the American charity Samaritan Purse has conducted some assessments on the damaged houses and schools
The majority of the storm victims are being hosted by relatives and friends, while some of them are presently living in warehouses, said Saiwor.

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