D15 million needed to help disaster victims

D15 million needed to help disaster victims

The Gambia says it needs at least GMD 15 million (USD $375,000) to provide assistance to more than 4,000 disaster victims whose homes were damaged by rains and heavy winds this summer.

The country’s disaster management agency said at least 418 homes were destroyed and about 4,633 people affected, many of them displaced and sheltering with neighbors.

Rains and winds this year killed at least one person in the North Bank and has wounded many.

Lt. Col. Alhagie Sanneh of the National Disaster Management Agency said they are working with their regional coordinators to complete assessments and draft a future disaster prevention strategy.

WHO said drought, flooding, wind-storms, pest infestation and disease outbreaks have been undermining food security and decimating livelihoods in The Gambia, leaving an estimated 200,000 people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

The West Coast and Upper River Regions of The Gambia were the hardest hit and local authorities say they are now hoping for assistance from the government, international agencies and humanitarian groups to address the crisis.

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