Storm, Flood Make Over 300 Homeless in Sinoe – Citizens Called For Gov’t, NGOs Interventions

By: Anthony Q. Jiffan, Jr.

More than three hundred (300) residents of Payne’s Town, District #3 in Sinoe County have been made homeless as a result of storm and flood that recently occurred due to a heavy downpour of rain in the county. Since the occurrence, residents of the area have called on the government through the National Disaster Management Agency and non-governmental organizations for intervention.

A resident of Payne’s Town, District #3 in Sinoe County, T. Sylvester Dorbor who spoke to the Analyst Newspaper said the flood and storm have de-roofed several homes and destroyed cash crops that the people relied on for sustainability; a situation that has brought hardship on the people in the district.

“In my district in Sinoe, the flood has taken away the people crops and homes de-roofed by storm that have caused a serious disaster for the people in the Payne’s Town area.”

Mr. Dorbor said that the people of Payne’s Town are in need of help that is beyond the control of the local citizens and therefore want government or non-governmental organizations to make swift intervention in order to save the people from the devastation.

According to Mr. Dorbor, the heavy storm and flood disasters first took place at the end of May and mid-June that left more than 25 homes damaged within about five towns and villages in the area.

He furthered that the situation is worrisome and the first of its kind for storm and flood to take over towns and villages while they are experiencing the disconnection of the road linking Monrovia to Sinoe County as a result of the damage on the Timbo River Bridge that connects Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Sinoe Counties.

“Our people feed on little farms, but flood and storm continue to destroy their homes and crops on which they are fed, this is dangerous to their survival.”

He said the citizens have informed the Superintendent and other county authorities including the District Representative, Matthew G. Zarzar and they were told that modalities have been worked out to address the current emergency in the area.

Mr. Dorbor who is a student activist also informed this Paper that the flood disaster has deprived citizens’ access to their farms and increase hunger for the people living in the Payne’s Town area.

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