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As Heavy Storm Ravages 3 Counties: Nearly 2,000 People Made Homeless

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MONROVIA: Nearly 2,000 persons in three of Liberia’s 15 counties have been made homeless when recent windstorms damaged their communities.

At least 1,863 people have been affected with two persons including a fourteen years old child sustaining serious injuries.

Making the disclosure, the Director of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), Ansu Dulleh, narrated that reports obtained by the agency from Gbarpolu, Bong, and Nimba Counties have shown that windstorms have caused widespread damages to 298 housing units.

Speaking at the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism regular press briefing, on Thursday, March 21,2024, the Director disclosed that the Government of Liberia (GOL), through the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), has already dispatched a team of responders to the three affected counties- Bong, Nimba and Gbarpolu.

Members of the team, he said, will work with the local authorities in these counties to ascertain the gravity of the situation.

” The team observed that in Weasua Town, Gbarpolu; Janplee, Garmue, and Pantah in Bong County; and Zoeplaygbor in Nimba, several homes were either entirely or partially destroyed as a result of heavy windstorms.

The Director said, many of those affected by the situation are mainly women and children.

According to him, available data from Gbarpolu shows that out of 101 homes, 52 have been badly damaged, while 49 were partially damaged.

He narrated that the total number of affected persons stands at seven hundred and sixty-nine (769) in Gbarpolu County.

For Bong County, he explained that out of 82 homes, 45 have been badly damaged, while 37 were partially damaged.

For Nimba County, out of 37 affected structures, two have been entirely destroyed, with a fourteen-year-old girl sustaining severe injuries, and the number of people affected stands at 268 in Nimba.
In total, 1,863 people were affected with two persons sustaining serious injuries.

He revealed that the agency’s investigation also reveals that the windstorms also devastated four critical infrastructures.

He added that efforts are being made by the government, through the NDMA, to address the humanitarian needs of the affected population. Contributed by Elbie Sebleh.

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