Flood Leaves 6,375 Persons Homeless

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Over 6,000 people have been made homeless in nine counties with several properties destroyed due to heavy rain recorded between April and June this year, the country’s National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) has said.

Montserrado, Lofa, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Lower Nimba, Bong, Grand Bassa and Maryland are the counties that experienced the stormy rain that has displaced thousands.

“From our investigation, a total of 6,375 persons were affected in the nine counties with Barclaysville in Grand Kru county being highly hit followed by Monrovia in Montserrado county,” the agency’s Executive Director Henry Williams said Wednesday in the port city of Buchanan.

He indicated that the livelihood of people in the affected areas has been disrupted. He did not say what relief assistance has been provided to those communities.

Williams told reporters his agency is seeking more budgetary allotments to create awareness regarding the mitigation of flood and the occurrence of other natural disasters.

The NDMA has the statutory responsibility to coordinate all disasters preparedness, response and recovery activities in Liberia.

In collaboration with the UNPD, NDMA concluded a one-day workshop for Journalists on disaster risk management reporting Wednesday in Buchanan.

-Alex Yomah