At least one person has died when a big baobab tree crashed on a passenger vehicle in the northern Gambian town of Ndungu Kebbeh, the regional disaster relief agency said.
Fatou Kah, a physically challenged mother from Daru Rilwan in the Central Badibu region was in the 22-passenger gele gele vehicle when it was hit by the tree.
The driver of the vehicle, Baboucarr Dem from the northwestern city of Farafenni pulled over heavy windstorms and rains as part of safety precautions when the incident occurred.
First responders scraped out metals to have the victim pulled out of the rubble and have several others rescued.
North Bank Region Governor Ebrima Dampha is calling for urgent humanitarian assistance and relief for more than a dozen families that have been displaced by last week’s torrential rains and windstorms.
Heavy rains and windstorms have destroyed more than 90 homes in the North Bank and Lower River regions of The Gambia sparking a crisis that has left at least 1000 people squatting with neighbors and extended relatives.