A total of 1,436 people, representing 151 households in twenty-three communities across the Lower River Region have been affected by this year’s disaster related consequences.
This information was disclosed by Lamin Saidy, the regional disaster coordinator last Thursday during the quarterly meeting of the Regional Disaster Management Committee (RDMC) members in a gathering held at the Governor’s Office in Mansakonko.
He explained that the assessment report compiled by the RDMC for 2016 indicated that among the causes of the disasters are flash flooding and windstorm and that out of the above mentioned figure a total of 717 are currently displaced in the Region.
According to the regional coordinator, the magnitude of the disaster has caused colossal damage to buildings as roofs were blown off, foodstuff destroyed and toilets collapsed, noting that this has left the disaster victims in dire need of immediate assistance so as to enable them go back to normalcy.
He went further to explain that the purpose of the meeting was meant to share and update members of the Regional Disaster Management Committee on the 2016 disaster activities within the region as well as to seek their input on the draft 2017 work plan for LRR.
“Among 2016 activities include the ongoing assessment of the disaster affected communities as well as the ongoing construction of the EU funded drainage system at the hotspot in Jarra Soma and that work is at the final stage of completion.”
Salieu Puye the governor of the Region described the meeting as important and timely in the sense that disaster risk reduction requires collective efforts from all and sundry and went on to thank the NDMA regional office and members of the RDMC for what he described as their dedication to national duty.
“I must commend the members of LRR-RDMC for holding regular consultation meetings and will continue to urge them to keep up the momentum as well as come with tangible means of minimising the impact of disaster related occurrence in the region,” he added.
Governor Puye further urged the people of his region to avoid settling in water ways, noting that people should come forward and seek advice from the physical planning office in LRR, especially when it comes to building or erecting houses in the localities.
On behalf of the victims, he appealed to donors, philanthropists and partners to come forward and support the victims in his region so as to enable them rebuild better structures.
by Salifu M. Touray in LRR