The Inquirer (Monrovia)

16 December 2013

Liberia: Gov't Tackles Buchanan Erosion Problem

The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says the Ministries of Public Works (MPW) and Lands Mines and Energy (LME), are incorporating community participation in tackling Buchanan, Grand Bassa County's erosion problem.

Speaking over the weekend during an assessment of the ongoing works on Atlantic Street in Buchanan, the Liberian President said that the works being done by the government and the community would stop the erosion from destroying thousands of dollars of properties in the area.

She said that when the works at Buchanan shall have been completed, other communities that erosion poses threat to would receive the same amount of attention to alleviate the damages caused by erosion.

The Liberian Head of State after her assessment of the ongoing works being done on the Atlantic Street community and the Gov't ministries in Buchanan said, "This one is a success."

The Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Patrick Sendolo said that the ongoing works in Buchanan is phase one of a 600 meters long job to stop the erosion that has been destroying Bassa Town to Atlantic Street to Fanti Town and beyond in Buchanan City.

He said currently 140 meters has been completed by the crew in Buchanan and by December 20, 2013 more than 200 meters would have been completed.

Minister Sendolo said that the community that was selected for the first phase is the worst affected area that government pinpointed after several assessments throughout the country.

The LME Minister said that the first phase would cost an estimated 1.8 million United States dollars and 3 million U.S. dollars to complete the 600 meters to complete Buchanan's affected areas.

He said further that the bulk of the employees working on the project are local employees and that even Liberian engineers designed the plan for the work that is being carried out in Buchanan to stop the erosion from destroying properties.

The Lands and Mines Minister said that when completed the work is expected to last as long as possible with maintenance.

For his part the Head engineer for LME, Jefferson Wylie said that in solving the erosion problem they are digging one mile below sea level on the beach, then laying a geo-mat, then covering it with 2.5 meters of crushed rocks to 50 centimeters thick, then they are covering it with 2 meters of core stone, with boulders put seaward.

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