Over 28,000 People Affected by Flooding in Three Counties

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Henry Williams, head Liberia’s National Disaster Management Agency, says over 28,755 people in twenty five communities have been seriously affected by flooding in the country.

Williams made the statement on Wednesday, July 18 on OK FM.

Though Williams did not name the affected communities, he said Grand Bassa, Margibi, and Montserrado are the three counties most severely affected.

“As assessment conducted by the agency revealed that over 10,000 people are currently displaced because of the two-days rain that led to the flooding,” Williams said, adding that his agency is facing logistical challenges in addressing the widespread flooding.

“The National Disaster Management Agency is worried about the heavy downpour of rain affecting the ordinary people.”

Williams is, therefore, calling for assistance from international partners to assist flood victims across the country.

Residents outside Monrovia affected by the floods. Photo: Zeze Ballah

The Bush Chicken had previously reported that in Grand Bassa, heavy rains led several persons to be homeless. Communities affected in Buchanan included Dirt Hole, Watco Camp, Peace Community, Moore Town, New Buchanan, Corn Farm, Bassa Community, Fairground, and Sugar Cane Farm. Outside Buchanan, areas like Big Joe Town and communities in Grand Bassa’s first and second electoral districts were also affected.

The heavy rains began last Friday night, with Dirt Hole Community and Fairground being the first affected communities, as affected residents raised alarm about the disaster on community radio stations across the county.

Featured photo by Zeze Ballah

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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