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Saturday, July 20, 2024

TORRENTIAL RAINS CAUSE DEVASTATING FLOODS IN MONTSERRADO COUNTY, LEAVING RESIDENTS STRANDED

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LIBERIA – A heavy downpour today has caused severe flooding across Montserrado County, leaving countless homes inundated and residents stranded. In neighborhoods such as Gardnerville, Logan Town, Clara Town, Bardnersville, and Paynesville, the situation is particularly dire, with household items like mattresses and television sets seen floating away in the deluge.

The relentless rain began early in the morning and continued throughout the day, overwhelming drainage systems and turning streets into rivers. Residents awoke to find their homes submerged, with water levels rising rapidly and forcing many to seek refuge on rooftops and in higher ground areas.

In Gardnerville, the flooding has been especially severe. Local resident Emmanuel Johnson described the scene as “a nightmare,” with water reaching waist height in some parts of his neighborhood. “We had to move quickly to save what we could, but so much is lost,” he said, pointing to the waterlogged remains of his family’s possessions.

Logan Town and Clara Town are also grappling with the aftermath. Families are working together to salvage what they can from their flooded homes, but the challenges are immense. With power outages adding to the difficulty, many are left in darkness and uncertainty about when the waters will recede.

In Paynesville, community leader Mary Kromah expressed deep concern for the vulnerable, including children and the elderly. “This is a crisis,” she said. “We need urgent assistance to help those who are trapped and ensure everyone has access to clean water and shelter.”

Recently, the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) issued a dire warning about the potential for severe weather-related disasters. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, NDMA’s Executive Director, Ansu V. S. Dulleh, highlighted the significant risks posed by this year’s rainy season, which is expected to be more intense than usual. Director Dulleh reported that more than 100,000 Liberians could be affected by various natural disasters, including windstorms, sea erosion, and inland flooding. The NDMA’s predictions, based on the latest meteorological data, indicate a particularly challenging season ahead.

One of the primary causes of inland flooding has been identified as the illegal construction of buildings in swamps and over drainage systems. The NDMA has already observed significant issues in areas like Omega, where large structures have been built over drainage systems, and garbage disposal practices in villages have exacerbated flooding and health hazards. A recent emergency in TS Row, JC Number Four, Zubatan community saw the entire area submerged, highlighting the critical impact of ignored building regulations.

Addressing the nation’s preparedness, Dulleh acknowledged that while there have been improvements, the level of readiness is still partial. Since the current administration took over the agency, efforts have been made to activate the tender platform, which involves educating responsible line ministries and agencies about disaster preparedness and response.

Authorities are on high alert, and rescue operations are underway, but the scale of the disaster is straining resources. Emergency services are urging residents to stay safe and avoid attempting to navigate the flooded areas.

Local government officials have called for immediate aid from national and international organizations. “We are appealing for help,” said Gardnersville Commissioner Dio Himmie Elliott. “Our communities need food, clean water, and medical supplies urgently.”

Volunteers from nearby communities have started to mobilize, bringing essential supplies and offering assistance. Many are using any means possible to reach stranded individuals and deliver aid. The solidarity among Liberians is evident as people come together to support one another during this crisis.

Meanwhile, weather forecasts indicate that more rain is expected in the coming days, raising concerns about further flooding and the potential for additional damage. Residents are being advised to stay informed and prepare for possible evacuations.

The aftermath of the flooding will require a coordinated response to rebuild and recover. Efforts to improve infrastructure, such as drainage systems, will be critical in preventing similar disasters in the future. The resilience of the affected communities will be crucial in overcoming this devastating event.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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