UAE gives food aid to West Coast Region disaster victims

Friday, January 26, 2018

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has provided food aid to 150 household victims of last year’s windstorm, flashflood and fire outbreak in Gambia’s West Coast Region.

The Emirates donated 150 bags of rice and 150 gallons of cooking oil to the affected families through the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) with the distribution coordinated by the West Coast Regional Disaster coordinating office. 

Speaking on behalf of the regional governor during distribution of the items Mamoudou Keita said the assistance will be a relief of burden on the affected families to a greater extent, saying windstorm and flashfloods has a grave concern over the years.

He appealed to people to always avoid settling along or on waterlog areas and to be mindful of fire outbreaks.

He thanked the UAE for the assistance and challenged government institutions and the private sector to also contribute in supporting needy disaster victims.

Kombo Central district disaster committee chairman Omar Jarjusey commended the UAE for the assistance, saying the support will go a long way in addressing some of the needs of the victims.

According to him, the regional disaster coordinating office has supported over 200 households who were affected last year.

Author: Sheriff Janko