Floods affect KM neighbourhoods
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The recent downpours have resulted to massive floodings in various parts of the Kanifing municipality. The Daily Observer visited various localities that were affected. Below we bring you the reports.
This area was heavily affected by the floods. Many households in the area were affected as the compounds were filled with water. When our reporter visited the area, some residents were found packing their properties while others were trying to get water out of their houses.
Speaking to our reporter, Pa Modou Jobe, described Tuesday's rain as the most devastating one since the rainy season started. He showed our reporter a storey building that he said, is blocking the waterway, resulting to this disturbing incident. For his part, Essa Conteh, another resident, described the incident as a natural catastrophe but described the blockage of the waterways as a factor. He said most of his properties were damaged when the water entered his house. Binta Tamba, another victim, told our reporter that she lost her TV set, a bag of rice and some clothes to the flood. Hamba Manneh, a staff of the Office of the Vice President, described the flood as a terrible one that has caused great damage in the area.
Heavy flooding occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning at Old Jeshwang around The Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) and its surroundings. The flood affected many compounds, workplaces, the market, and blocked many streets in Old Jeshwang. Sheriff Sarr, councillor of Old Jeshwang, said the situation will soon be addressed. He added that KMC has already signed a contract with the National Roads Authority to construct a drainage system from Westfield (Jacaranda) to GTTI junction and down to the swamps.
"Last year, I mobilised the youths of Old Jeshwang to dig holes in some of the streets so that water can go through and most of the youths volunteered," he remarked. He also appealed to the general public to stop building houses in places where they prevent the natural flow of water.
Another area that was seriously affected was Manjai Kunda. Our reporters were shown about seven compounds in which buildings had collapsed due to the severity of the storms and the flood. In some compounds, generators were being used to remove the water.
Speaking to this reporter, one Musa Jatta, a native of Manjai Kunda, said the water went into their houses and that they would have lost everything if not for the help of their neighbours. He also said they could not even go to work because of the heavy rainfall and what it has done to their houses. Ebrima Sanneh, another victim of the Manjai Kunda flood, seized the opportunity to call on the government and philanthropists to render any kind of help to them.
Author: Daily Observer