Ninety-four (94) households of 857 people were affected by flash flooding and windstorm due to heavy downpour of rain in five (5) communities within the region thereby causing displacement of over ten (10) households.
Speaking to the reporters in Mansakonko Lamin Saidy the Regional Disaster Coordinator confirmed that the affected people in the disaster communities are in dire need of support as they have lost most of their valuable materials like foodstuff, shelter, bedding materials and some cash amount of money. He remarked that Kiang Jasobo and Jarra Bureng are the most affected communities.
He said according to the initial assessment report that was conducted by the regional disaster management committee, it was found out that the people affected suffered from total blown off roof, partial and completely collapsed building and inundation of their compounds. He further cited that the report which was forwarded to his Office has captured the destruction caused to public infrastructure within the communities in Kiang Jasobo and Jarra Bureng respectively.
He mentioned that there were no reported cases of death but some people sustain injuries as seen in Jasobo were a Seven (7) year old girl sustained broken thigh. He said they will continue to monitor the situation in terms of health threats and food security issues in their subsequent detail assessment as the situation unfold.
The Regional Disaster Coordinator went to inform the reporters about the on-going interventions and action taken by his office and partners at the regional level which includes conduct of rapid assessment and delivery of initial support to the affected communities. He however was quick to call on partners to assist the National Disaster Management Agency so as to conduct detailed assessment.
On her part, the Governor Mrs Fanta Bojang Samateh Manneh expressed her sympathy to the affected communities for what had happen to them at this trying time. She said the assessment report that was compiled by the regional disaster management committee has specified some recommendations to address the situation of the affected communities. She went on to say that her Office in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Agency are working closely in terms of coordination and resource mobilization. The Governor called on the Government, philanthropist, NGOs, private sectors and UN Agencies to kindly forward and support the affected people in building back better.
She thanked the UK Jarra Association, the UK Bureng Association, USA Bureng Association and the National Assembly Member for Kiang East and his team for their swift response to the plight of the people.
The Governor finally advise the communities to always consult the physical planning unit when comes to building construction and proper land allocation for settlement within their communities. This she cited that this significantly will reduce the level of destructions even if there comes heavy downpour or windstorm.
By A Correspondent