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KM Seeks Help For Its Almost 15, 000 Flood Victims

Talib Ahmed Bensouda
Mayor of Kanifing Municipality

By Buba Gagigo

The Kanifing Municipality (KM) Mayor has appealed for help for the almost 15, 000 people affected in the municipality by the recent flood that hit the country.

“The loss has been tremendous. And we will require all Gambians, we require all entities, all commercial bodies to come to the support of the people of the caliphate municipality and the greater Banjul area at large. I therefore as Mayor, send this appeal to everybody able to send to the KMC headquarters food items, clothing items, building materials, mattresses, any items they believe can help, starting Tuesday 16th of July 2022,” Mayor Talib Ahmed Bensouda appealed on Monday in a televised statement.

He disclosed details of the findings by Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) on the impact of the natural disaster.

“1378 households were affected. In the households affected, 14,895 people have suffered losses of one kind or the other,” said the Mayor.

Bensouda highlighted the mitigation efforts the council is exploring to lessen the effects of the flood on the victims.

“The municipality with its resources available is doing everything we can to mitigate future flood risk, including deploying personnel to communities to look at physical planning issues, providing pumping stations and pumping machines to enable water to be pumped out of households. A fumigation exercise has begun to ensure areas with flooding have preventive measures for waterborne diseases,” he said.

The Kanifing municipality received over 276 millimeters from the 20hrs continual rain in The Gambia from 30th to 31st July, according to the Department of Water Resources.

The floods which hit many parts of the Greater Banjul Area caused losses to 14, 895 people in 1, 378 households in the Kanifing Municipality.

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