Storm Hits Margibi, Grand Bassa…Renders Hundreds Homeless

Residents of several areas in Grand Bassa County were hard hit by a torrential rain storm that ran through the City of Buchanan and its environs on Saturday, May 25.

Although official assessment reports have not been concluded, the storm had debilitating effects as many residents are facing unbearable conditions, while others have been made homeless. Report has it that over 25 houses had been affected.

The storm which occurred around 1:00 p.m. blew off roofs of many houses and destroyed other homes to their foundations.

Some of the heavily affected areas include, but are not limited to Pearchuzohn, the Market area, Gorzohn,  Gorneegar Town and New Buchanan.

Several officials of the county, including Superintendent Etweda A. Cooper, Assistant Superintendent for Development, Adonie Z. Greaves as well as representatives of the Liberia National Red Cross Society visited the scenes and did some preliminary assessments.

According to our correspondent, late Sunday evening they provided basic relief items including tarpaulin, sleeping mats among other relief items to assist residents whose homes were unroofed, and needed temporary shelter.

The County Administration is currently responding to the short-term needs of the affected victims, and concluding the medium and long-term plans not only to assist the residents but also address future natural disasters.

Our correspondent said the County Administration has established a Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) to assist in meeting the medium and long term needs of the affected citizens.

Citizens, philanthropists and any well meaning Liberians, aliens or foreigners wishing to assist the victims can contribute to this fund.  An account has been opened at LBDI                                                                                             011LRD21990617504/011USD21990617503).

In addition, the County Administration is calling on businesses, especially those dealing in the building materials, to kindly contribute zinc, nails, ceiling tiles and other building materials to the Fund, so as to assist these citizens rebuild their lives in the shortest possible time.

At the same time, a heavy overnight storm has damaged several buildings in Kakata leaving hundreds of residents homeless.

According to our correspondent in Margibi County, the storm that started late Sunday night lasted for over an hour and caused that havoc.

The hour-long rain left several buildings destroyed around Margibi County thus posing serious threat to many poorly constructed buildings.

Margibi County Superintendent, John Zubah Buway told the Liberia News Agency that his county is more   like becoming a disaster prone county because during every rainy season many of his citizens are affected from storm disaster due to the precipitation of rain.

In May, 2012 similar disaster occurred in Nyanwollie township in Gibi District and other parts of the county thus leaving several persons homeless; one person with a broken leg with several properties damaged in the area.

Meanwhile, Margibi County Superintendent, Buway has consoled victims of the storm and urged them to remain calm as everything is being done to help them address some of their immediate needs.

Superintendent Buway is at the same time appealing to humanitarian organizations including the Liberian National Red Cross and the National Disaster Relief Commission to come to the aid of the storm victims.