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Flood victims cry for livelihood and relocation supports

October 12, 2020

By Mohamed M. Sesay

Women and Children seeking refuge

Victims of the October 4th flooding that occurred at Faama Village, Nomo Chiefdom, Kenema district, have over the weekend told Concord Times that they are in urgent need of livelihood support like food, clothing, coupled with  permanent relocation of Faama village to a safer location due to its perennial  flooding disaster.

The assessment report of the flooding Disaster showed that seventy-five households with nine hundred and seventy-seven persons were affected, including school pupils, pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Expressing her ordeals to Concord Times, the Town Chief of Faama Village, Jenneh Hassan, said the flooding disaster at Faama Village had been consistent in October of every Year, adding that it even occurred last year with equal magnitude.

She said they have resolved to relocate the village in order to avoid such life-threatening disaster caused by torrential rainfall every year.

She appealed to government, humanitarian organizations to assist the people of Faama with building materials and logistical supports so that they could relocate the village to a safer place.

“We also experience life-threatening flooding disaster in October but this year, the river flooded and almost occupied the entire village. We really want to vacate this town, therefore we are crying to government and other humanitarian groups to help us with building materials so that we can go to the hill-top and establish a new settlement there,’’ she appealed.

Foday Koroma is one of the flood victims who also told Concord Times that he and his family members were in their farm when he was called upon that the village was experiencing flooding.

He further narrated that before they could get to town to protect their properties, the river had already flooded and taken over the whole village, thus destroying houses and properties worth millions of Leones. 

He also called on government and people with humanitarian feelings to support their livelihood by providing them with food stuff and clothings, reiterating that they have lost everything to the flooding.

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