Regional DMC visits affected areas
Friday, September 25, 2009
The North Bank regional Disaster Management Committee (MDC), recently visited Barra and Essau to assess the level of damage caused by the recent torrential rainfall, which resulted to the displacement of families and loss of foodtuffs and household utensils.
The flood resulted to displacement of 10 households and many more with food and clothings. The vice chairman of the regional Disaster Management Committee, Tamba Kinteh; and Ousman C Jallow, Red Cross branch officer for NBR, applauded Barra Fire and Rescue Services and GRCS volunteers for their response in discharging runoff water into the ocean thereby securing compounds and shops of the affected families. Kinteh on behalf of disaster victims and Governor's Office, launched an appeal for assistance from National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), under the auspices of the Vice President Office.
He called on individuals, institutions and organizations to support the regional Disaster Management Committee in providing humanitarian services to affected families. Samba Saho, officer-in-charge of Barra Fire and Rescue Services, thanked the communities of Barra and Essau for their timely support to the affected families. Saho expressed concern on poor access of road and lack of drainage system to accelerate free movement of water, easy access for rescue services. He further urged Physical Planning Authority to assist in the proper settlement of people, so as enable Fire and Rescue Services to respond in the evacuation of families and properties in emergency situations.
Speaking in desperate mood, Modou Lamin Sabally of Barra, noted that the construction of road diversion by Ballast Nedam Construction Company during Barra - Amdalaye Road Project resulted to blockage of water and total displacement of 10 compounds and loss of foodtuffs, clothes and valuable household items.
Author: by Alhagie Babou Jallow in NBR