17 December 2012

Liberia: Stranded in the Mud

The road linking Sinoe and Buchanan, Grand Bassa County has been cutoff thus making traveling difficult for the people and leaving hundreds of commuters stranded.

The road became inaccessible last Thursday due to a heavy downpour of rain on Wednesday night. Thick mud prevented several vehicles from plying the 400 miles road.

According to our reporter who just returned from southeastern Liberia, several wooden bridges along the road are in deplorable state. Some of the terrible spots along the road include Sand Beach Junction, ITI and Face to Face. At these areas, people were seen pushing vehicles from the mud.

About 100 persons including market women and their babies spent the entire Thursday night in the sludge when their vehicles were trapped along the road.

According to some citizens of Greenville, the deplorable state of the road is contributing to the increase in the price of essential commodities like rice, gas and salt.

The price of a bag of rice in Greenville is LD$5,000 while a cup of rice is sold between L$35.00 and L$40.00. A gallon of gasoline is sold between L$500.00 and L$600.00.

The locals are blaming business people of taking advantage of the deplorable condition of the road to exploit residents and citizens.

Businessman James Nah said the prices of commodities in Sinoe County are determined based on the huge transportation fare they pay to commercial drivers.

He said for instance, passengers traveling to Greenville from Monrovia are charged LD$5,000 .00.

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