Gambia’s Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang on Tuesday visited the provincial city of Kuntaur, which has been left leveled by a flood.
The government faced backlash for failing to promptly address the situation with reports indicating that most homes in the city were destroyed.
Tambajang made stops at homes that were badly damaged by the flooding. Her visit came at least a week after the disaster stroke the city.
Opposition leader Mama Kandeh is gaining praise after he beat the government’s disaster management agency to help the victims. His proactive show of support is seeing the NDMA being derailed for its inactive response.
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow was en route to Mecca, Saudi Arabia when August’s heavy rains hit his country. Several families have since been homeless.
Barrow is returning to the country on Tuesday night, according to officials, and will be immediately put in place mechanisms to have the crisis addressed.
The Gambia’s government will be focused on recovery efforts but VP Tambajang would not say what the administration position on offsets of the cost of damage will be.