The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: Flood Engulfs Several Communities

Torrential rains here Tuesday, July 1, followed by heavy floods have left several residents homeless in various communities on the outskirt of Monrovia, including Freeport, Clara Town and Vai Town, respectively.

Speaking to this paper Tuesday, a resident of the Freeport community David Freeman, blamed the situation on the lack of drainage system in the capital, which has forced many residents out of their various homes.

Freeman said: "Our people that built this country failed to realize the fact that there will be a great problem as a result of heavy rains because they built this country without drainage in the entire country."

He said it's very disappointing for a country like Liberia to suffer from minor thing like drainage system, causing many Liberians to suffer not only in Montserrado, but the entire 15 counties.

Mr. Freeman, who also accused the government of doing nothing to improve the living condition of the people, called on the authorities to put measures in place to build a proper drainage system that would allow easy flow of water, saying, "We are tired of being homeless by flood."

He further also called on the Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) T. Nelson Williams, to see reason in helping the Freeport and Vai town communities by constructing drainage system in these areas adjacent to the LPRC.

Another resident of the Vai Town community, Madam Lucy Tamba, said the flood is causing serious problem for community dwellers.

"For every time we get in the raining season, it worries us because, some of us our houses are not strong enough to resist the rain, especially when the entire community gets blocked, no way for the water to flow because of drainage problem" she lamented.

She appealed to national government to relocate flood victims who have been made homeless, losing personal properties.

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