Heavy downpour accompanied by strong windstorms recently claimed the life of a fisherman at sea in Nbantankiling village, Upper Nuimi District of the North Bank Region.
The strong windstorm, which also ripped open 48 roofs in the District, is said to have struck Tala Jah’s fishing boat in the waters, leading to its capsizing. The late Jah, believed to be in his early 50s, is survived by two wives and several school-going children.
The North Bank Regional Disaster Management Committee recently paid a condolence visit to the late Jah’s family.
Speaking in a Daily Observer interview afterwards, Momodou BK Ceesay, the Regional Disaster Coordinator for NBR called on the general public to adhere to weather forecasts and the indigenous early warning signs before going to sea.
He said the Committee has gathered information that 48 households from the communities of Medina Sedia, Nbantankiling, Albreda, Juffureh, Sika and Sittanunku all in Upper Nuimi, were affected by the recent windstorm resulting to serious damage of their roofs and displacement of people.
Ceesay noted that some of the affected families have very slim chances of recovery and therefore, challenged institutions, Non Governmental Organisations and philanthropist to come to their aid.
He thanked the community members for what he described as their humanitarian support to the affected households. Ceesay concluded by calling on the people to always plant trees which he said would serve as wind breakers, stressing parents to control their children during rains.
Governor Lamin Quin Jammeh, who also doubles as the Chairperson of the North Bank Regional Disaster Management Committee, also spoke to the Daily Observer in an interview. He expressed shock at the level of damage caused by the windstorm and the untimely demise of Tala Jah.
Governor Jammeh used the opportunity to remind people to always take safety precautions to avert such situations, especially at sea.
He challenged the Disaster Management Committee to carry out assessment on the level of damages, noting that it would help authorities in their planning and towards making informed decisions.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow & Binta Jammeh