With nearly three months to the end of the rainy season in Liberia, the constant downpour of rain and criminal activities are said to be causing sleepless night for residents of Kissi Community in Kakata City Margibi County.
The Chairlady of the Community, Oretha Charlie speaking toThe Monrovia Times in Kakata on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, said the heavy downpour of rain is causing the water flooding in the Community.
“The rain falling and the water getting full on us and this few day, my daughter get sick I have to carry her to Hospital” she intoned.
Madam Charlie said they have been experiencing the issue of flood in the Community since 2009 but they do not have any other area to go as such; they need the intervention of their Lawmakers through the provision of medication and to also help open the drainages.
According to her, anytime there is a rainfall, the water can take over their various homes entering into their bedrooms, adding that whenever rain is falling; they get out of their rooms and put their chairs on the tables and sit down because they don’t want to be asleep and the water enters their houses.
“My brother we na able to laid down because just imagining you in the house the water enter on you no way for you to laid down some time we can come outside and put we chair on the table we sitting down there, we will leave sitting there day break” she indicated.
She said their children continue to get sick as the result of the flood and further added that last year (2017) their children’s book bags and copy books got destroyed. The Kissi Community Chairlady further indicated that criminals are also taking advantage of the flood situation to steal from them.
It can be recalled that every rainy season, residents of Kissi Community and other Communities including World Bank and Dennisville Community as well as part of Lower Margibi experience flood especially when there is a heavy downpour of rain thus victimizing residents of the various Communities.
Between August and September of each year, flood leave several persons homeless, while some sleep on their tables in their flooded rooms with their personal belongings and others stop with friends and family members.
The Kissi Community Chairlady has meanwhile called on Authorities of the County and the government of Liberia to come to their aid and to also empower the Community Watch Forum.
For his part, Margibi District #4 Representative Ben A. Fofana said he is ready to do any intervention anytime there is a flood in the Community until he gets the Ministry of Public Works involved.