Violent Storm Renders Over 60 Persons Homeless in Grand Kru

BARCLAYVILLE, Grand Kru – A violent storm has rendered over 60 persons homeless in Barclayville. The victims are currently seeking refuge with relatives amid a directive from health officials for the public to socially distance themselves from others during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The storm took place on the night of April 26 and affected communities such as Seedee Compound, Setor, Camp Three, Topoh, and Wakpenken.

One of the storm victims, Solomon Seedee, said he had constructed his home not more than a year ago, and now he has nowhere to live.

“As I’m telling you now, some of us are homeless as the result of the heavy storm,” said another victim, Wennah Maddee. “And these are things that we expect our government to prioritize whenever there is a major disaster in the country, but they are playing deaf ears to our cries. This is not important to them, but they were encouraging us to form part of the voter registration process, this is unfair.”

She called for the government to address the plight of the victims “because none us will want to stay at our neighbors’ house for months plus, especially in this health crisis.”

Jocab Karmbor Weah, the county inspector and head of the county’s disaster management team, said the team was still compiling a report on the incident. He expressed concern about the storm and promised to provide more information when the report is complete.

Meanwhile, Rep. Fonati Koffa, who represents the county’s second district, said his office would make US$2,000 available to assist the storm victims.

Featured photo by James Suah

James Suah

James Saye Suah attended the Barclayville Central High School and is currently studying computer science at the Grand Kru Technical College in Barclayville. He works with the Voice of Grand Kru as a senior reporter, production director, and talk show host. Additionally, James is also a correspondent for the Liberia News Agency.

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