Flood victims from several communities in rural Montserrado County are appealing to government come to their aid. The flood victims lament they are facing tough times after being made homeless by heavy downpour on Tuesday.
Making the SOS call on Wednesday, 18 July the chairman of Number Five Riverbank community, Jeremiah Cole narrates in an exclusive interview that living conditions of residents are terrible and there is need for national government to intervene.
“It’s painful and even hurtful to live in a country where government doesn’t pay attention to its citizens. Since our houses were overtaken by flood, other media institutions had come and we have make SOS calls, but we are yet to see any action”, he laments.
According to Cole, it pains him each time he watches television and see governments in other countries cater to their people in times of national disasters, “but we are yet to see a sign of the government or even an official”, adding that the government of President Weah has forgotten so soon that citizens stood in line voted the President.
“Currently, there is no safe drinking water due to contamination of all wells in this area. Food is a major problem for the people right now, because the flood took away all of their food stuffs and other belongings”, he details.
Meanwhile, Christina Dickson from Boss Town community in Caldwell Township similarly recounts challenges she faces as a result of the flood, saying, I strongly believe the President is informed about this situation, because we’re not the only people affected.”
According to her, residents of Doe Community in Clara Town are affected also, disclosing that her cousin informed her that all of their properties were taken away. “So all we can say is for lawmakers, and humanitarian NGos to come to our aid.”
By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne