The Liberian Red Cross Society in conjunction with the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) arrived in lower Margibi County with assorted non-food items for onsite distribution to internally displaced people as a result of heavy flooding in the area.
“Our staff and volunteers are currently on the ground aiding the response effort and conducting details assessment. The humanitarian challenges on the ground are really alarming and compelling, water supply and shelter are urgent”, the LNRCS Secretary General Sayba Tamba said.
The Red Cross team is distributing initial response of assorted nonfood items including lappa, soap, buckets, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, cooking pots, toothpaste and other sanitary materials to 125 households.
“We are doing everything we can with our Movement partners and the local authorities to provide relief assistance to the affected population. However, the support of all stakeholders and partners is crucial at this time in this response”, Madam Tamba added.
Continuous rainfall since July 13, 2018 has caused heavy floods in Monrovia and other parts of Montserrado, Grand Bassa, and Margibi counties. An on-going rapid assessment led by the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) has initially established that over 30,000 people have been severely affected and over 2,500 homes devastated by the floods.
The initial assessment says many homes have been destroyed; water sources and livelihoods lost while some communities are being cut off and evacuation efforts are needed urgently at the moment.
Hundreds of people are seeking temporary shelters at schools, churches, mosques and other public facilities and the need for water, food, utensils and clothing is urgent and paramount. The Liberian Red Cross fears that additional communities could be flooded, cut off, and the number of affected people may sharply increase in the coming days as the rains continue.
Meanwhile, the Liberia Red Cross has issued an alert that the number of affected people in the affected communities could become alarming in the coming days as the heavy downpour of rains over Liberia will continue according to the Norwegian Meteorological Website.
The flood levels may abruptly increase as the rains continue and waters from upstream could surge and create more hazards including an influx of snakes and other harmful insects.
Over 10 communities in lower Margibi are benefiting from local early warning devices erected by the Liberian Red Cross. The device is monitored by local community people and thus enhances their rapid response actions as the scenarios of the flood changes over time.