KM Disaster Office disburses D135, 000 to flood victims

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

At least thirty 30 families, who are victims of last year’s flash floods recently benefited from cash support by the Kanifing Municipal Council Disaster Coordination Office.

A sum of one-hundred and thirty five thousand dalasi (D135, 000) was shared among the 30 affected families, with each family receiving a sum of D4, 500 at a presentation ceremony held on Thursday at Kanifing Municipal Disaster Office.

A sum of four million dalasis (D4M) was allocated by the Government of The Gambia under the leadership of President Adama Barrow mainly to support flood victims, who suffered as a result of last year’s flash floods countrywide.

Presenting the monies, Ganji Jeng, the regional disaster coordinator for KM, recalled that last year, his office recorded a total number of one-hundred and thirty five households within the KM  that were affected as a result of that year’s floods.

Jeng added that it was in this move that the government gave the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), an amount of D4M to help in ameliorating the suffering of those affected countrywide.

“as a result of that we strategies and do our selection criteria and identified the most vulnerable or affected victims. So those thirty households are part of those that will benefit from this disbursement of an amount of (D135, 000. 00) to be shared among them. Each family received a sum of D4, 500”.

He explained that most of them were affected by windstorms, rains which totally swept away their food stuffs.

Regarding those affected by floods and did not receive any kind of support from NDMA, Jeng appealed to Government and philanthropists to support them. According to him, looking at their data about 95 victims are yet to be assisted, adding that there are still some families who need support.

For his part, Sering Modou Joof, deputy director NDMA, said the exercise is a normal routine, and that this time around NDMA deems it fitting to change its approach by giving physical cash to the affected victims.

The NDMA, he added, believes in giving the victims what is more relevant in the sense that some of them need to go and buy materials for the reconstruction of their houses.

Joof thus urged those affected victims yet to receive any assistant to be patience, assuring that the institution will continue to search for more resources.

“What is in stock is D4M, and that cannot solve the entire problem. Looking at the different cases coming from different regions, we would have loved to see all those affected received assistant but resources are limited”.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh