The disaster management agency waited a week to respond to a devastating flood that has destroyed nearly every home in Central Gambia’s Kuntaur city.
It has thrown the competence of the National Disaster Management Agency into question with some now demanding the resignation of its leadership.
The disaster management agency showed up on Tuesday during a visit by Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang after it failed to support those in need of urgent relief since the flooding.
Volunteers and those helping to raise funds for the victims say the assurance by the NDMA to address the needs of the victims is a support that is rather coming too late.
They are now advocating for system-wide changes, which we all know can take a long time but will allow for adequate and timely responses to disasters.
Floods have been prevalent in the Gambia and so far this year, at least 4,000 people have been seriously affected.
The NDMA serves as the focal point and coordinating body to facilitate implementation of disaster management.
They are meant to directly coordinate with all stakeholders, including ministries, divisions, departments and humanitarian organizations at respective levels for emergency response.