Jul 20, 2010, 1:36 PM
World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with the Central River Region Disaster Committee over the weekend distributed food items to Bansang and Kudang disaster victims at ceremonies held at the two communities.
The distribution, which was witnessed by the Alkalolu of the two communities, was done in an open place and the victims were the direct recipients of the items.
The donated items included rice, beans, vegetable oil and salt that can keep the victims for a month.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Mr. Bubacarr Fofana, Regional Coordinator for Disaster Management Agency in the Central River Region stated that 30 households from Bansang and 7 households in Kudang have benefited from the package. He stated that the WFP would continue to support the communities for three months.
According to Mr. Fofana, the National Disaster Management Agency has its own strategic action plans that are yet to be enforced but as time goes on it will be fully implemented. He noted that plans are also underway to organise massive sensitisation on disaster prevention and preparedness.
"We are going to sensitise the local community on disaster prevention, preparedness and other related issues in a bid to combat disaster strike in the region and the country at large," he emphasised.
Mr. Fofana further called on NGOs, UN agencies and philanthropists to come on board to support government endeavours in responding to disaster strikes.
Mr. Kebba Kora, Alkolo of Bansang commended WFP and the government for the benevolent gesture.
According to him, nobody prays to become a disaster victim but if it happens it should be seen as something destined by God.