Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS), last Thursday presented its findings of the
first post-disaster need assessment that was conducted in the Upper River and
Central River Regions, to their partners.
The assessment was conducted in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) and the Offices of the two regional governors.
Buba Darboe, head of disaster management at GRCS informed that the devastating windstorm that hit parts of Upper River and Central River Regions on June 18, caused collateral damage in 71 communities within 8 districts.
He said if these destructions are not immediately addressed, the impact of the disaster can affect the socio-economic status of the victims.
Mr. Darboe recalled that last month disaster had huge social impact on the lives of the affected population, causing the death of four people and directly affecting about 11, 276 people in URR and CRR.
It has caused misery in communities in Wuli West, Sandu, Tumana and Jimara in the URR and in Upper and Lower Fulladou West, Sami and Naimina Dankuku in the CRR.
The devastating windstorm has affected more than 536 families, and caused displacement and injuries to more than 101 people with more than 342 houses damaged.
“More than 1425 people are displaced, many of which are sheltered by family relatives. The roofs of 10 schools, 2 Clinics and 3 mosques were damaged and totally blown off. 1 village water tank system was also destroyed and the Sare Soffie agriculture centre was affected.”
The overall goal of the intervention, Mr. Darboe added, was to provide immediate life-saving and shelter support for recovery to 536 households affected by the windstorm in the two regions.
He thus added that a swift response is needed, as many of the affected people are currently open to some sort of weather risks with their housing conditions needing quick fix to allow them move back to their houses before the full-scale of rains.
“Any delay in providing shelter support will further complicate the needs and increase the destruction on housing situation.”
He said it was observed in the field during the assessment that some people were providing materials and cash support to some of the disaster victims, but indicated that such support could not be accounted for in the response mechanism.
“Therefore, it creates some challenges on the coordination. It will be good if the efforts of different actors are coordinated. In that way it will be suggested that partners and actors use the 4Ws matrix, which mean- (What- means the intervention of the partners, Where- places or communities targeted for intervention, When – timeframe for the intervention, Who- the targeted for the intervention) to allow the tracking of interventions from different partners,” he said.