A violent storm has destroyed several homes and facilities in Gbarnga and its surroundings in Bong County, and leaves several others injured. In conversation with this paper Monday, 26 February in Gbarnga, some of the storm victims narrated that the disaster is one of the dark days in their lives , noting that over 57 houses were destroyed on Sunday in the Lelekpayea Community and its surrounding.
The NewDawn’s correspondent in the County says some of the destroyed facilities include gas stations, market buildings, the government – run Dolokelen Gboveh High School Auditorium, Churches and dwelling places, among others.
Some of those victimized by the storm are currently undergoing serious medical attention at the Phebe Hospital and other local clinics in the County.
“If I can’t get help from the government, meaning I will definitely have to go on the farm because I have lost my house and I can’t do anything with this kind of sore on my head,” Patience Forkpah, one of the victims who got seriously cut in the process told our Bong County Correspondent.
The victims are calling on humanitarian organizations, well-meaning citizens and the government through its Disaster Management Team to come to their aid in their respective communities.
Some victims say they and their kids are now homeless and in dire need of dwelling places. They narrate that they are now sleeping in open places in Gbarnga due to the disaster.
They are complaining that they do not have the means of renovating their damaged houses given the hard economic situation here. “We do not have a cent, how will we handle such a situation, our important documents, the cloths and lots of things were destroyed by the storm,” victim Victor Porte narrates to this paper in grieve.
According to him, they have nowhere to go, wondering “how possible it is for someone to help me with this kind of condition.” Mr. Porte adds that he has more than 13 persons living with him including his wife and children. He is worried over who will want to give him sleeping place right now with the number of people he has with him.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley