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Storm Leaves Hundreds Homeless

A heavy storm, followed by a torrential rain on Saturday, left hundreds of residents homeless in  Grand Bassa County. Though county officials are yet to give assessment reports have not been concluded, the storm had debilitating effects as many residents are facing unbearable conditions, while others have been made homeless.

The storm which landed around 1:00 p.m, yesterday deroofed many houses, and destroyed other homes flat to the ground. Some of the heavily affected areas include, but are not limited to Pearchuzohn, the Market area, Gorzohn,  Gorneegartown 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, did some preliminary assessments, and  late on Sunday evening, provided basic relief items including tarpaulin, sleeping mats etc. to assist residents whose homes were deroofed, 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 to not only assist the residents but also address future natural disasters like these.

In light of the above, the County administration has established a Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) to assist in meeting the medium and long term needs of affected citizens.  Citizens, philanthropists and any well meaning Liberian, alien or foreigner wishing to assist the victims can contribute to this fund.

An account has been opened at LBDI (011LRD21990617504/011USD21990617503).

In addition, we are 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. This is an SOS call, and we will appreciate any contribution in cash or kind.

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