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A six month old baby is said to have drowned while about 300 residents remain stranded in Duor Town, Margibi County on the fifth day of a consistent heavy down pour of rain that left several parts of Montserrado and Margibi Counties flooded.

A police authority who is also affected by the flood in Duor Twon behind Doe Estate on Bernard Farm, Mr. Lewis Norman told this paper Tuesday, 17 July that water is passing through his widows.

“When you see the river, people are moving, they’re swimming in the water with their goods,” he told this paper Tuesday, 17 July via mobile phone from the scene.

Mr. Norman who heads the public affairs section at the Liberia National Police Training Academy (LNPTA) says he slept on duty on Monday, 17 July, and when he returned home on Tuesday, all the houses in the community at Duor Town had been abandoned due to flooding.

He says displaced residents are being hosted in school buildings in the community. Duor Town Community Chair Mr. Andrew Roberts says a baby about six months old left in the water on Tuesday and had not been found more than five hours before speaking with this paper Tuesday evening, 17 July.

According to Chairman Roberts, the parents of the kid are not residents of Duor Town, but they had come to seek shelter as a result of flooding within their community when the six – month old drowned and could not be traced anywhere.

He says the situation is getting intense in the community, narrating that people are holding mattresses on their head and are stranded. According to Mr. Roberts, about three hundred residents are stranded from several houses in the community.

He says they are worried about where they will sleep, and he has been making contacts with authorities but he is yet to get response regarding rescue efforts.Roughly five days of consistent heavy down pour here has seen areas in Montserrado including Johnsonville and Margibi County flooded.The flooding waters have caused traffic jam.

Among the many residents displaced so far are police official Lewis Norman; the head of the Women and Children Protection Section (WACPS) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Mount Barclay depot Annie Wislon; Community Chairman Andrews Roberts and community resident Madam Joyce Nunoo, among others.They are calling on government and humanitarians to come to their aid, as parents and their children remain stranded.

By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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