NBR DMC calls for more help to flood victims
Friday, September 25, 2009
The North Bank regional Disaster Management Committee continues its efforts in the assessment of flood and windstorm victims in the region.
The committee visited a displaced family of 40 people seriously affected. Most of these people had lost items ranging from food stuffs, clothings and household utensils which create hardships as most of the remaining houses are not safe to occupy. The Dasilami ward councilor, Kemo Jabbie Gassama, expressed sympathy over the high level of households displaced as a result of the heavy downpour . He noted that the visit aimed to gather first hand information and solicit support from individuals and organizations towards alleviating the plight of the affected families.
Speaking earlier, Musa Touray, who spoke on behalf of displaced families in Chissamajaw hails the efforts of the regional Disaster Management Committee for their tireless efforts in carrying out regular assessment of flood and windstorm victims in the region. He noted that the visit also renewed hope for the affected families and urged the committee to assist them with food and clothes and in the mobilization of resources to rebuild their homes so as to reduce the burden on their neighbours in whose homes they are being lodged. He used the opportunity to thank the people of Chissamajaw for their humanitarian efforts and understanding in hosting displaced families and also sharing their food and clothing with them.
Ousman C Jallow, Red Cross branch officer for North Bank Region, reiterated the importance his office attaches to the provision of humanitarian services to affected families with the view of contributing and improving the living standard of affected families in difficult situations. He assured them of the committee's utmost concerns in the welfare of families and urged the communities, individuals and organizations to assist the disaster committee to effectively respond in its humanitarian services to affected families in areas of resource mobilization and capacity development.This he noted would also assisting them with better structures and give them the imformation they need to desist from putting structures on water ways.
Author: by Alhage Babou Jallow in NBR