executive director of National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), has stated
that the agency as part of its long term disaster mitigation policy plans to
create disaster evacuation centers in the Central River, Upper River and Lower
River regions in order to avoid displacement of people once disaster strikes.
Sanna Dahaba made these comments in an interview with The Point over the week in Basse, URR following the distribution of relief food items and other materials to the June 18 windstorm disaster victims in region by the agency.
According to him, the agency is considering the construction of evacuation housing units for the people who might be affected by future windstorm and flash flood disasters.
“What we are planning as an agency is to build evacuation facilities for individuals who might be faced with future windstorm and flash flood disastersa in CRR, URR and the LRR to avoid future displacements,” he said. “And we are not only stopping at that; but also working with the Department of Physical Planning for a proper regulatory housing in communities that are prone to windstorm and flash flood disasters including plans to intensify tree planting exercise which will also serve as wind breakers to their houses.”
“So I think with all these disaster alleviation policies that the agency is currently working intensively to implement in future will surely mitigate some of the natural disaster issues that we encounter every year,” he added.
He disclosed that the agency was able to solicit financial support from the United Arab Emirate (UAE) for the construction of about 45 to 50 housing units for those victims who were affected by 2016 flash flood – a disaster that hard-hit the Kuntaur areas. He added that the consultant to the project has already been identified and the signing of the construction contract of the project will take place soon.
“What actually happened is that in 2016, there was a flash flood that in fact affected Kuntaur and its surrounding villages. So what is left now is the implementation stage which we are currently waiting response from Bin Halifa Foundation through the UAE Embassy in Dakar,” he further disclosed.