GRAND CAPE MOUNT COUNTY, LIBERIA-Farming activities in nine communities affected by chemical spill, in the Mafa River in Grand Cape Mount County, have come to a standstill.
The spill is a result of mining operation by the Bea Mountain Mining Corporation (BMMC).
The river is used for various purposes, including drinking, cooking, bathing, fishing among others, by thousands of residents living along the river banks, because they lack pipe-borne water or hand pumps.
An investigation showed that the death of a dog and fishes is likely because of the spill of chemical used by the company.
The residents believed that the dog probably died as a result of eating several dead fishes that were found along the river banks.
According to the farmers Spokesperson, Madam Jenneh Kamara, over eighty-percent of their crops have been destroyed by chemical pollution from the Mafa River.
Madam Kamara said:” Some of the citizens from Wangekor were badly affected and are becoming sick from the pollution.”
She spoke at a mass meeting of citizens from affect ted communities over the weekend, in Grand Cape Mount County, over the weekend.
By: Jenneh Kemokai