GAMBIAN COMMUNITIES HIT BY WINDSTORM DISASTERS GOVT SEEKS RELIEF ASSISTANCE

The Gambia has been vulnerable to Disaster Windstorms for the past two years. The Government of the Gambia have been supporting rural communities through relief Aid and partly renovating some homes of victims vulnerable to disasters but that's not enough to sustain the entire country.

BRIEF HISTORY OF DISASTER WINDSTORM

Windstorm surge hit through five (5) regions in the Upper River Region (URR) namely; Jimara, Tumanna, Wuli East, Wuli West and Sandu districts as well as two districts of Central River Region (CRR) namely Upper Fulado East, Upper Fulado West and Niani, of Gambia, affecting 67 communities. The winds storm surge affected over 900 families (8,100 pax) and caused internal displacement, injuries and 4 deaths (3 in URR and 1 in CRR).

So far, the Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) and National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) indicated that over 15,000 people were affected, including 1,425 people displaced, among whom many are currently being sheltered by relatives, host families and other temporary evacuation centres.

 

The report indicates that some four (4) people have been confirmed dead as a result of the falling walls of buildings and flying iron sheets, 101 people have been injured, and over 900 houses have been damaged or destroyed - totally destroyed (500), partially destroyed (450).st 10 people were killed during the storm, which landed around midnight, and more than 1,500 people displaced, according to government figures.

SOLUTIONS AND POLICY DIALOGUE FOR RELIEF ASSISTANCE

"Any soul lost as a result of a disaster is a big loss to the country.

The government is not taking the plight of citizens lightly," he said, adding that the agency would welcome any assistance from international partners said NDMA Executive Director Mr Sanna Dahaba

Gambian President Adama Barrow held an emergency meeting on Thursday afternoon to assess the damage and devise a response plan, a statement from his office said.

"President Barrow is calling on all Gambians and good samaritans to come forward and support the victims in any way they can while his Government assesses the needed support," the statement read

 

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