32 compounds affected by flood in Western Region - Red Cross volunteer
Monday, August 31, 2009
Omar Sanyang, a volunteer of The Gambia Red Cross Society, in Western Region, disclosed that about 32 compounds have been affected by flood in Western Region.
According to him, about 150 people from the 32 compounds were affected as a result of heavy rains which occurred recently in Brikama. He disclosed that about 20 out of the 32 affected compounds are displaced and are currently accommodated in schools and the neighbouring compounds.
Sanyang made these remarks in an interview with the Daily Observer at the Red Cross office in Brikama, Western Region over the weekend. According to him, a survey was conducted in Brikama and its surrounding areas, which enabled the Red Cross Society to come up with this results, adding that the survey is still in progress in the region.
He also revealed that the Red Cross Society branch in Western Region made some donations of 40 matresses and bednets to some families who are affected by the heavy rainfall.
According to Sanyang, some of the victims told them that for the past decades, they had never experienced flood, and that this year it has become a surprise to them, as this is their first experience of flood. He complained of the lack of enough drainage systems in Brikama and its surrounding areas.
Sanyang noted that there is the need for Physical Planning to look into this matter in order to avoid a natural disaster. He noted that the current situation of the victims is very horrible, due to the fact that some of them who are lodged in other residences sleep on the floor with mosquitoes all around.
Author: by Mam Ndegene Secka