President Jammeh donates to flood victims in Lower Fulladu West

President Jammeh donates to flood victims in Lower Fulladu West

President Jammeh has donated bags of rice to flood victims in Lower Fulladu West after heavy rains flooded farms, said Major Seedy Baldeh.

Baldeh, who is the Vision 2016 Farm Manager in the country’s Central River Region said farmers in the Jahally-Patcharr area were affected by the rains in July and many lost their properties with rice fields destroyed.

Regional Agricultural Director Ousman Kolly said interventions have been made including the cleaning of the canal with the adding of culverts “to recede the water to the river” to enable farmers to continue their rice harvest.

Heavy rains across The Gambia have killed at least one person and injured tens of others.

More than a thousand homes have been affected by the heavy rains and winds that has left at least a hundred people displaced in the West Coast and Upper River Regions.

WHO says due to Drought, flooding, wind-storms, an estimated 200,000 people will require humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs in 2016.

President Jammeh this week donated rams to at least 70 families for the Tobaski (Eid-Ul-Adha) celebrations.

Jammeh in 2014 made an attempt to make The Gambia self-sufficient in food by the end of 2016 and plans to stop the importation of rice into country. Rice is The Gambia’s staple food and more than $50 million worth of it is imported into the country mostly from southeast Asia.

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