22 February 2013

Liberia: Illegal Sand Mining Heightened

Despite efforts by the government to put a halt to illegal sand mining which is blamed on sea and other form of erosions across Liberia, others have refused to yield to the orders as sand mining is said to be at a renewed height and reinvigorated pace in Margibi County.

Our correspondent in the ccounty said several residents along the beach and river banks of the Do- river communities of Schelfine and Foday Towns could face homelessness problem due to the height in illegal sand mining.

Residents who spoke to reporter have expressed fear that the scale of illegal sand mining being carried on in their communities could endanger their homes.

They blamed sand buyers and truck operators of being behind the reinvigorated level illegal sand mining they are witnessing in recent times.

While calling on concerned authorities such as the ministries of public works and land & mines to make swift intervention, they also taking issues with those they believe are responsible.

A resident, Jeremiah Kolleh said ongoing illegal sand mining activities could undermine their structures, and argued that their roads were now being made deplorable due to the weight of heavy duty trucks plying the roads linking to the various beaches and river banks.

He added that the sand mining was getting close to their homes something which he sad could undermine their houses.

When contacted on the matter, the Superintendent of Margibi County John Z. Boway said he was sending a team of county inspectors there to verify the residents concern.

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