GRCS: Shelter is most urgent need created by URR, CRR wind storm surge

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) said on Wednesday that the typical and most urgent need created by the Tuesday night wind storm surge in the Upper and Central River Regions is shelter, and the Society hopes that the wind surge disaster will not be different.

“It is vital to note that the needs on the ground vary and huge, thus the support of all is solicited to address the needs of these vulnerable families. The Gambia Red Cross Society as the leading humanitarian institution in The Gambia has been in the forefront in providing humanitarian services in accordance with the fundamental principles of the Red Cross to the affected families,” the Society said in a release.

They said the communities affected so far within URR are Taibatou, Kerewan, Madina, Sutukonding, Bajankoto, Darselameh, Jenda, Nyankui, Tuba Wuli, Chamoi wuli and Baja Kunda and there are reports of 2 confirmed deaths, households destroyed and some injured persons in CRR who are currently seeking medical attention. “The exact numbers of how many people have been injured is currently not available.”

The Gambia Red Cross Society has mobilised and deployed 20 volunteers and 2 regional staff on the ground to support and provide affected families with Psychosocial support. “While conducting the initial rapid assessment, the volunteers and staff are providing basic relief materials to victims of the windstorm surge. Two staff from the Headquarters will also be deployed to reinforce the regional teams currently on the ground while the management will liaise with partners (NDMA, Governor’s Office etc.) to provide support to the affected families.