NEWS FLASH

Preventing An Imminent Humanitarian Disaster

MONROVIA, LIBERIA -We are again underscoring the urgent need for the Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Ministry of Public Works to put into place proper mechanism aimed at dealing with the continuous flooding in the country, especially in Monrovia and its environs.

We had and continue to highlight the danger associated with flooding in order for the GoL to move swiftly and prevent what has been described as a looming humanitarian disaster. In view of the foregoing, we call on the Ministry of Public Works to leave no stone unturned in enforcing the Zoning Laws of the country in a bid to help address the issue of flooding that continues to cause havoc every year during the raining season. As we may be aware, the key functions of the Works Ministry include surveying, drafting and designing construction and supervising construction contracts, as well as the maintenance of roads, bridges and public buildings, and therefore, it is the responsibility of this important ministry to prevent the seemingly looming humanitarian disaster.

We must always remember that every year in Liberia has a rainy season, and henceforth, the urgent need to address a looming humanitarian disaster cannot be overemphasized. For us, it is undesirable and disturbing for people to suffer from flooding continuously during the raining season. Recent flooding in Monrovia and its environs had made many homeless and properties worth millions of Liberian dollars destroyed. The yearly flooding has been attributed to the blocking of drainages and illegal construction of structures on waterways and alleys.

This is why it is very important that the Works Ministry enforces the Zoning Laws without fear or favor, or else the growing issue of flooding in the country, particularly in Monrovia and its environs, would remain unrelieved. When the waterways are disused, we believe, there would be a free flow of water through the drainages, thereby reducing the danger associated with flooding. To this end, we again call on the GoL via the Works Ministry to act quickly in a bid to avert a looming humanitarian disaster.

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