NA Select Committee on Disaster inspects intervention sites

Thursday, August 29, 2019

National Assembly Select Committee on Health, Children, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief has concluded a four-day visit to the communities of CRR and URR to inspect areas hard-hit by the windstorm which destroyed many compounds and resulted in four deaths at the beginning of rainy season.

The team was accompanied by officials of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) and Gambia Red Cross Society.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the end of the tour in Basse, Ousman Sillah, the lawmaker for Banjul North and chairperson of the National Assembly Select Committee on Health, Children, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief said it is part of their oversight responsibilities to be going out into the field to assess what is on the ground.

He recalled that two months ago, there was a windstorm which destroyed many communities in URR and CRR regions and there have been some reliefs for the victims.

Hon. Sillah disclosed the tour was facilitated by the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), adding that The Gambia Red Cross Society was also on the ground intervening in terms of providing relief to the affected victims.

“As you know, we have about 20,000 victims around the country and over 600 compounds have been affected in CRR and URR regions.”

“According to reports, we have confirmed that there were four deaths, two in Wuli, one in Jimara and one in Sami.”

“There have been support provided, but there were also some challenges with some community households, because some households may need about 10 packets of corrugated iron sheets, but would get less than that,” he said. He added that as a committee, they will prepare a report which will be submitted to the National Assembly.

“As far as the committee is concerned, we have been able to visit some of the victims and they really appreciated our coming, and from here, we are going to engage NDMA so that they would give support to those who need it.”

Hon. Sillah added that the committee will make sure that all of them get support at the end of the day.

“For NDMA, it is mandatory for them and that’s why they have been established by the Act of National Assembly and they have been provided resources to do their work; and we are going to recommend for more resources for them.”

“We need to increase disaster fund and also for them to have direct access to the fund.”

Author: Njie Baldeh