12 November 2012

Gambia: NDMA Distributes Food Items to Flood Victims

The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) recently distributed bags of rice and gallons of oil to 669 families that were affected during this year's torrential rains. Thepresentation ceremony was held at Bakoteh Community Centre.

Speaking to reporters before the distribution, Binta Sey- Jadama, the disaster coordinator for Kanifing Municipality, said they are gathered to witness the first round of food distribution to 20 scar flood victims. She explained that the 20 scars protected families within the minicipality benefit from these gestures from the WFP, noting that the first round of distribution would be targeting 669 families within theKanifing Municipality.

"The beneficiaries would receive rice and oil and one person per family is entitled to receive 12 kilograms of rice for the month," Sey-Jadama further explained. She disclosed that these families were assessed during the rainy season and that they suffered from flash flooding or wind storm, collapsed structure or partially collapsed structure, among others. "Based on those assessments these families are here to benefit from WFP and National Disaster Management Agency to complement government's efforts," she added.

She said that distribution would last for three-days in three clauses namely; Bakoteh Community Centre, Tallinding and Kanifing Estate. She added that the first beneficiaries were Bakoteh, London Corner, Bundung Borehole, Latrikunda Yiri Nyanja and Dippa Kunda. The second day beneficiaries were Tallinding, Faji Kunda, Larikunda Sabiji, Abuko, New Jeshwang and Ebo Town, while Bakau and Old Jeshwang were the third day group of beneficiaries in Kanifing Estate.

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