June 18 windstorm destroys 300 compounds, displaces 10,000 people

Monday, July 08, 2019

The data entry clerk at the National Disaster Management Agency’s (NDMA) regional head office in the Upper River Region, Pa Touray Jaiteh, has stated that his office has so far registered over 300 destroyed compounds with 10,000 people displaced as a result of the June heavy windstorm that affected parts of URR.

Speaking in an interview with The Point at URR governor’s office during the presentation of relief materials to victims of the windstorm, Mr. Jaiteh said his office is still on the collection of data in relation to the disaster.

The relief materials were donated by a Spanish charitable organisation, AmiGos De Gambia last week.

He added that the region for the past five years has never witnessed such a level of devastation caused by windstorm.

“The storm occurred on 18 June 2019 at night and has caused a serious damage to individual houses,” he said. “so the magnitude I can say is very severe compared with previous years because we have been facing such disasters.”

He then advised the people of the region to avoid cutting down trees without replacements, adding that windstorms are always difficult to avert when trees that could have served as wind breakers are felled by the people living in that particular community.

According to him, such disasters can be avoided when more trees are planted and people also stop cutting trees.

Author: Yusupha Jobe