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July Floods Damaged Over 7,000 Households

One of the households affected by the 30th-31st July floods

By Landing Ceesay

The 30th -31st July floods have damaged 7, 876 households nationwide, the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) 5th Situational Report revealed.

The floods have partially damaged 4, 259 households, and completely damaged 3, 617, mainly in the Greater Banjul Area, according to the report.

“Thus far, a total of 4,186 affected households have been documented around the country. The most affected regions are Kanifing Municipal Council with 1,657 affected households and West Coast Region with 1,483 affected households,” the report added.

The incident has caused 11 deaths, and affected 407 water points, among others, according to the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) 5th Situational Report.

“The ongoing assessments have identified at least 47, 104 people who are directly affected by the recent heavy downpours. The suburbs in urban settlements have been the hardest hit by the recent floods. Rural areas have also suffered greatly.  A total of 7 fatalities have been reported as a direct consequence of the recent flash floods with many more lives at risk,” it stated. 

The report added that based on the satellite analysis of the affected areas, the flash floods have affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in The Gambia.

The Department of Water Resources revealed that the rainfall quantity recorded during this period was 276 mm at Banjul International Airport, Yundum.

The 30-31st July flash floods are the worst that have affected many parts of the country in many years, due to the torrential rains associated with thunderstorms.

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