By Morrison O.G. Sayon& Lincoln Barcon
The city of Monrovia and its environs experienced one of its worst floods yesterday following three days of torrential rainfall in the city.
The terrifying flood caused the water to enter in several homes especially on the Bushrod Island. Hundreds of Liberians especially those on the Bushrod Island are displaced from their homes or communities. The situation is so devastating that children were seen on the shoulders of their parents or relatives from various homes and communities for rescue.
Houses mostly in the New Kru Town area were wiped away by the flood according to reports gathered in several quarters. The flood has affected many residents as a result of the heavy downpour of rain in Monrovia and its environs. Information says the flood has rendered many homeless and serious damages done to their properties.
Those mostly affected by the flood are residents of Jamaica Road, Clara Town, Doe Community, Freeport community, New Kru Town, West Point, Rock Spring Valley community, New Georgia Gulf, Paynesville City, among others. Due to the severity of the situation, thousands of residents were seen leaving their various communities as water dominated their various communities.
Clara Town and Doe Community were the worst flood-hit communities as community members were seen removing their belongings. Some of them were seen carrying wet mattresses and other household materials looking for places to spend the night.
In other worst-hit communities including part of the main Liberian capital, Monrovia, residents were sending out SOS messages to provide humanitarian support and help take them from the flooded areas. Many of those affected by the flood were still seen on the streets up to press time looking for place to lodge and cater to their children.
Yesterday’s rainfall is said to be the worst in recent times since the rainy season began this year. September has recorded the worst and highest rainfall since the beginning of the rainy season, most of those spoken to, told The INQUIRER.
Several students who were on their way to schools yesterday either got on campus late or could not make it at all to their various campuses due to the heavy down pour of rain in the city. At the same time, commuters who were going about their normal business activities were either late or were forced to remain home as the rain impeded the mobility of people.
At the same time, the affected residents from various communities have sent out SOS calls for humanitarian assistance to save them from the terrible predicament they find themselves in. The affected residents want government and other humanitarian organizations including the Liberia National Red Cross (LNRCS), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and others to come to their rescue by helping to relocate them.
Some of those whose properties got damaged especially those whose houses were wiped away as a result of the flood are also appealing to government, local and international NGOs to assist them with zinc and other building materials to reconstruct their homes.
Other Liberians are calling on government to take steps that will curtail the continuous flood in various communities. They said the situation at Freeport and Clara Town, two of the worst affected communities had over the decades worsened because of the poor drainage system in those areas.
The citizens are therefore calling on the government through the Ministry of Public Works and the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation to take immediate steps in addressing the drainage problems in those communities to avoid future embarrassment for residents of the affected communities or commuters.
In a related development, the rain storm on Monday morning caused serious disaster in the Popo Beach area of the Borough of New Kru Town by damaging five houses and left over sixty persons homeless.
Our team that visited the beach closed to the already storm threatened D Twe Memorial High School noticed that occupants of the five damaged houses were seen trying to salvage their belongings in a bid to find a new dwelling place.
Others who might not survive the storm within the next twenty-four hours if there is a recurrence were also seen trying to take their belongings away.
It was also observed that the entire vicinity of the D. Twe High Community was flooded and a bid to create drainage for the flood water to go into the Atlantic Ocean has created more problems as the sea waves caused the destruction of the houses.
As a result of the sea erosion, a big hole has been created in the Popo Beach Community which eventually might lead to the destruction of more houses as the rain remains undaunted.
An elderly man who resides s in the area said, “My son, we are finished and this has been going on for a long time but we cannot see what the government is doing to stop this. I am old and there is nowhere to take my family.”
People in the area were seen in a destitute mood as over twenty houses in the area are being threatened in the community due to the sea erosion which created a mini water-inland as a result of the drainage.
When Governor Alice Weah of the Borough of New Kru Town was contacted, she called for quick intervention from national Government and other non-governmental organizations (NGos) to come to the aid of the affected citizens.
She especially expressed concern about the well-being of the D. Twe Memorial High School in the area as a major learning center.
Governor Weah disclosed that her office was working in collaboration with the government and other development partners to alleviate the havoc being caused by the sea erosion.
She promised to use a pending general clean-up campaign in the area to hammer home the plight of the Borough to development partners.