Over 200 residents in Margibi County have been made homeless due to heavy downpour of rain on Wednesday June 29.In Kakata City alone, many residents’ homes were flooded and several houses and belongings damaged.Communities affected by the flood included Bassa Community, Denisville and Bensville, Borlorla Road, 14th Road, Kissi Community as well as other swamp areas in Kakata.Expressing frustration over the incident, Mr. Joseph S. Pallay, 63, said about 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday, he woke up to see his house entirely flooded. He said all of his belongings in his house and those of his neighbors were destroyed. He described the situation not only as embarrassing but devastating to the affected communities.Mr. Pallay said he has over 15 family members and the flooding has exhausted his resources to take care of his family. He is appealing to the government for prompt intervention.“We need food and shelter,” he said.Mr. Pallay further narrated that Wednesday’s flooding is the second since 2007. He said he moved to the community over 15 years ago. He blamed poor management of drainages in the county as one of the factors contributing to the flooding. Gbandi Governor Samakai Dunor described the flooding as troubling and wants stakeholders to promptly address issues leading to flood disaster in the city.He said if flooding in the county is not contained it could lead to environment hazard and lamented that some children in the affected communities have begun experiencing ailments, including running stomach, malaria and skin diseases.When contacted via mobile, the newly appointed Development Superintendent Joshua Robertson said, authorities in the county have begun verifying the flooding situation and they would work along with the county disaster team and humanitarian partners operating in the county to respond to concerns of affected communities.Additional areas that were badly flooded in lower Margibi County included Joe Brooks Town and Du Bridge located around Division #2, Firestone. Residents, including road users were denied entrance to the Du-River Bridge for several hours on Wednesday morning due to the flooding.Meanwhile, affected community residents are appealing to government and humanitarian partners to aid them with food and other supplies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Three divisional titles – The Championship, League One and League Two – will be retained The Football League will be renamed the English Football League (EFL) at the end of the current season.The governing body is undergoing a “comprehensive corporate and competition re-branding” and will be known as the EFL for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.It will also unveil just its fourth different logo in 127 years to fit in with the re-branding while the three divisional titles – The Championship, League One and League Two – will be retained and incorporated into the new brand.Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “The new EFL name rightly emphasises the central role our clubs play at the heart of English professional football.“In an increasingly challenging global sports market, it is absolutely essential that sports properties can project a modern identity that not only resonates with their regular audience but is also easily recognisable to a broader audience of potential fans, viewers and commercial partners.“We believe the EFL name and brand will give our competitions an identity that is new and distinct, while at the same time retaining our unique heritage.“As such, it will be something that all fans can identify with – whether they be young or old, at home or abroad.“The Championship, League One and League Two divisional titles have proven popular with fans since their introduction in 2004 and have since been used by leagues in other countries and in other sports. It is therefore our intention to incorporate them into the new EFL brand.”The rebranding comes after extensive research, which included interviews and focus groups with clubs, stakeholders, commercial partners and more than 18,000 football supporters.