Concord Times (Freetown)

24 July 2012

Sierra Leone: Citizens Call on Govt to Monitor Construction of Drainages

In the wake of the frequent flooding of main roads by flowing water as a result of downpours, many citizens in the eastern part of Freetown have called on the government to see to the way existing and future drainages are constructed and managed in the country.

According to one Ibrahim Kamara of Patton Street, the government needs to work harder to rehabilitate and manage drainages in the country as many lives are usually exposed to risks by moving around the city while it is raining.

"I am calling on the Freetown City Council to endeavour to embark on a cleaning service of these drainages. If you walk around Patton Street up till East-End Police, you'll see that the street will look like a river with huge amount of water flowing," he said adding that lots of vehicles have broken down as a result of over flowing water on the streets which has caused traffic jams within the city.

Another concerned citizen, Fatmata Sesay, said that recent heavy downpours have shown that there are no strong drainages in the country adding that even the roof of one of her neighbour's houses was blown off by the wind and property worth millions destroyed.

She added that she stays along Kissy Road and her house's veranda has been turned into a river because of the lack of drainages in the area. "I am pleading to the government to eradicate these unwanted drainages and reconstruct good drainages in the country," she said.

Another resident in Upgun, Osman Kargbo, said it is the responsibility of the government to ensure there are good drainages in the country. He stressed that moving around could be difficult when it rains because most of the vehicle owners would be scared to drive in affected areas.

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