Aug 4, 2010, 1:52 PM
The Chairman of the Kanifing Municipal Council Disaster Management Committee, Musa Mendy has revealed that from January 2010 to date, his committee has recorded eleven fire incidents within the municipality.
He made this revelation last Tuesday during the presentation of food and non-food items to four fire victims in Tallinding and Jeshwang.
Mendy used the occasion to advise tenants and landlords to pay greater attention to candles, as most often fire incidents are caused by candlelight.
He thanked the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) through its Executive Director, Essa Khan and the National Disaster Governing Council office of the Vice-President for a quick response to both fire and flood victims.
Mr. Mendy also commended all the institutions that have in one way or the other given assistance to the fire and flood victims in the KMC.
He urged the four beneficiaries to make the best use of the donated items, noting that although the materials are small, they will make some impact in their life.
For his part, the Executive Director of NDMA, Mr. Essa Khan called on the beneficiaries to utilise the donated items properly. He disclosed that his agency would work on a National Disaster Contingency Plan that would include networking between his agency, Governors, Alkalolu and communities on disaster whether natural or manmade.
He thanked the three donors for their timely intervention and promised that his agency would always support fire and flood victims in all the sixth administrative regions of the country, as stipulated in his agency’s national policy.
The donated items, among others, include six packets of Sankung Sillah Soap, one bed, two sawing machines, twenty cartons of Manna Pack rice, two bails of second hand clothes, two gallons of 20 litre refined vegetable oil, twelve bags of rice, cash of D2000, four aqua boxes, and four mattresses.
The three institutions that presented the items to the victims are KMC Disaster Management Committee, Ahmadiyaa Muslim Jamaat and Great Commission Movement Gambia (GCMG).