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Concern Universal director visits disaster affected areas

Sep 20, 2010, 1:10 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

The Country Director of Concern Universal (CU) in The Gambia and Senegal, Patricia Wall, last Saturday visited disaster-affected areas in the Kanifing Municipality and Western Region.

The first ports of call for the CU country boss were New Jeshwang, Ebo town, Tallinding Sicap and Farato, where some compounds were inundated with damaged infrastructures. She also visited the flooded Bundung Borehole-bridge and Nema Wassulung illegal dumping site.

The Kanifing Municipality Council Disaster Coordinator, Mrs Binta Sey-Jadama, informed the Concern Universal boss that the most disaster affected areas were in her Municipality were "so many people are presently suffering".

Speaking to The Point during the tour, Patricia Wall expressed her gratitude to the neighbours of the affected families for accommodating them in their compounds.

"Concern Universal (CU) always needs quality services," she said, adding that CU is doing contingency planning across the country.

She also commended Ebou Faye, Disaster Risk Reduction Manger of Concern Universal the Gambia, for building good relationship between CU and the National Disaster Management Agency.

According to her, the purpose of her visit was to see for herself the damages caused by the rains in the two areas, to expose Concern Universal back up staff to the real issues on the ground and to consolidate their commitment to assisting the affected families.