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Residents call on Rural District Council to clear gutters

April 21, 2016 By Yeabu Bangura

Residents at Funkia and Gbendembu community, in the Western Rural Area, have called on their local council to clear drainages and avoid the re-occurrence of last September’s flooding in the country.

One of the elders in Gbendembu community, Abu Sankoh, said gutters and drainages in their community are filled with garbage and that such pose a serious health and environmental concern, ahead of the rainy season.

He disclosed that most of the debris in the gutters is thrown by residents who live in the upper part of the community, but noted that they don’t have a choice because there are no dumping sites in the community.

According to Isatu Sesay, their houses were flooded during the flooding of last year September, because residents dump their waste in drainages.

She explained that her property worth million of Leones all washed away in the flood water during the last raining season, adding that she would not want a repeat of that and called on the timely intervention of the Rural District Council to clear the gutters.

Hannah Conteh, a resident of Funkia, condemned the practice of her neighbours throwing rubbish into the gutters, and warned that such would only inconvenience them and may even lead to loss of lives and properties if the gutters are not cleared before the raining season starts.

She also lamented that people are fond of defecating in the gutters, which she referred to as ‘unhygienic for living condition’ as it would cause ill health among locals.

Ms Conteh called on the government, through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the Rural Council to remedy the situation, and suggested that sanitary officers should be visiting their communities to check for poor sanitation and levy fines.

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