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Savage Street bridge collapses

September 18, 2020

By Elizabeth A. Kaine, Yusufu S. Bangura& Ibrahim K. Turay

         The collapsed Savage Street Bridge

Minister of Internal Affairs, David Panda Noah, yesterday noted that he had once  warned that the Savage Street Bridge was “a disaster waiting to happen” as road audit had determined that it was unsafe because of nearby mining.

Noah is the former Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) and current Minister of Internal Affairs.

Savage Street is the main route leading to the National Stadium and also the route frequented by the presidential convoy. The bridge suddenly collapsed yesterday, albeit no fatality was recorded.

According to nearby residents, some people used to mine clay under the said bridge to fashion out several ornaments including clay cooking pots, among others.

Yvonne Aki-Sawyer Mayor is the Mayor of the Freetown City Council (FCC).She remarked that something must be done to ease the risk of disaster in the country.

She observed that the more delay to maintenance the roads the more risks it poses to the lives of many Sierra Leoneans.

Acting Director of Disaster Management at the Office of National Security (ONS) said they have conducted some assessment on several roads and bridges that pose disaster risk in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA).

He said on Wednesday 17th September, they had meeting with the SLRA in which they did a presentation on the roads and bridges that they thought pose serious disaster threat.

He said though that the Savage Street bridge was never part of the bridges they thought posed threat, hence it collapse came as a surprise.

Tom Kamara is one of the luckiest survivors who narrowly escaped death when the bridge collapsed. “I want to thank God for saving my life, if it was not for God I should have lost my life under that bridge. I will continue to worship God for saving my life in this kind of disaster,” he said.

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