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Flood hits Monrovia again, several homeless

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A scene of the flooding in parts of the Capitol,  Monrovia
A scene of the flooding in parts of the Capitol, Monrovia

(www.elbcradio.com/Sept.16, 2015)-The issue of flooding in the Nation’s capital, Monrovia and other parts of the country remains unabated due to the heavy down poor of rain, poor drainages and the construction of buildings in waterways.

This has resulted to flooding in recent days in most parts of the capital, with several residents losing their personal belongings and rendering them homeless. There are several communities that now noted for always experiencing flooding, especially during the raining season.

They include flood prone-communities like Clara Town, Doe Community, Freeport Community, Jamaica Road Community, Logan Town, Tweh Farm Community and St. Paul Bridge Community and most communities along the Sinkor, Monrovia among others.
These communities are inhabited by underprivileged people.

But the heavy down pour over many days in September, has left most parts of Monrovia and its surroundings flooded, leaving most residents homeless. The latest situation occurred in the Paynesville Municipality, where flooding has left several residents homeless for days.

Residents of Zayzay Community in Paynesville are amongst flood victims. in The flood water entered several houses in the community thus contaminating several water sources in the areas.

As Leona Tyler, a resident and victim narrate:  “It is the first of its kind in this community for flood water to enter houses”.
Miss Tyler informed WASH Journalists that flood water has destroyed her personal effects and not only that, but has also created unhygienic conditions for persons affected by the flood.

She said the flood forced solid waste materials to spread in the entire community.
She said: “The flood also posed health hazard for us because many of the dwellers practice open defecation, usually they use plastic bags to dispose their feces”.

Most of the affected residents were seen in a pitiful mood, as tears were seen in their eyes.
The affected residents revealed that at present they are buying mineral water to use since the wells in use were contaminated at the result of the flood.

They as well explained to WASH reporters how an infant was rescued at the point of death due to   flooding in the community.
Meanwhile, some residents have blamed poor road construction for the constant flooding in recent days.
The Zayzay Community residents also attributed the constant flooding in their community to poor drainage system.
According to them, this has resulted to flooding whenever it rains in the community

The residents want a bigger drainage constructed to allow water flow through it easily without spreading into the community.
The residents are calling on government and partners to intervene and address the situation which they consider as unbearable.
In a related development, some residents of the AB Tolbert Road Community in Paynesville have been rendered homeless by flood.

The affected residents said snakes and other harmful substances have been deposited in their homes due to the flood.
They are calling on the government to come to their aid in addressing the issue of flooding in their community.

 


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