Gambia Floods: Kill 5, affected thousands

Heavy torrential rains that resulted to a devastating flooding in provincial Gambia has killed 5 people and affected 8000 more says the country`s National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA).
The heavy rains and floods that recently strikes the Central River Region of The Gambia has brought a halt to the movement of goods and services, as homes turn to rivers.

The Agency said that it “has conducted a rapid assessment of the affected communities, which reveals over eight thousand people affected, including five deaths, massive internal displacement of several communities, damaged public and private properties, including a bridge, as well as submerged farm lands.”

The disaster management body is calling for an “urgent humanitarian support, including food and non-food items and possibly preventive medical supplies for possible outbreak of post-flood diseases.”

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It says the Gambia Government has mobilized some support, although it did not say what support and from where. It has however promised to “continue to explore increased support from local partners in order to adequately respond to the plight of the affected communities Foroyaa reported.”

According to the Agency`s statement, NDMA and the Gambia government are updated by the relevant regional authorities. And, added that the government has also promised that cabinet ministers and diplomats will visit some of the seriously affected communities.

Though the NDMA will continue with its rapid assessment exercise in all regions, a nationwide comprehensive and joint assessment by NDMA and stakeholders, including the UN system, private sector, NGOs and CBOs will follow.

The Agency reassured “the affected communities of its commitment to provide them with the needed humanitarian support, while also exploring lasting solutions to prevent the recurrence of such disasters.”

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