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Aid agencies begin humanitarian operations in Liberia

Joseph T. Koon
Liberia National Red Cross taking the lead
Liberia National Red Cross taking the lead

MONROVIA, LIBERIA- Latest reports say aid agencies operating in Liberia have begun the assessment of affected communities in Margibi County due to flooding.

According to the reports, the Liberia National Red Cross (LNRC) has taken the lead after the completion of its assessment of the situation in the area.

A representative of the Liberia National Red Cross, Ambullai Perry, said:  “The Red Cross has commenced the distribution of essential household utensils, safe drinking water and food this Friday, July 1, 2016, to assist the flood victims.”

“There is a need for the swift interventions of humanitarian organizations to save lives and properties in the affected communities.” Mr. Perry noted.

The reports said other entities of the Non-Governmental Organizations(NGO) Community have also begun humanitarian operations in the affected communities.

In a related development, personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) have also begun rescue operations in the affected communities.

According to our correspondent, men and women of the AFL were seen deep in the water, carrying out rescue operations, as victims of the flood run for safety.

The AFL’s intervention, according to the reports, is part of government’s move aimed at mobilizing relevant agencies to contain the situation.

Some residents of the affected communities said: “For the past three days, we can’t leave the area and people cannot also come in due to the intensity of the flood.”

“As we speak, we have no water to drink, no food to eat,  as the  water continues to  rise all over the place, and that people who are taking risk to leave the area are being charged one hundred twenty-five Liberian dollars to ferry them,” they emphasized.

Meanwhile, local authorities in Margibi County are appealing to government and charitable organizations to urgently intervene.

Margibi County Superintendent, John Buway, said: “The flood victims need food, shelter safe drinking water and other basic necessities due to the natural catastrophe.”
 

 


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