Thousands of residents at Nyandeyama section in Kenema City have again started suffering as the area has been plunged into blackout after heavy downpour of rain.
Nyandeyama is one of the fast growing sections in Kenema City that can boast of two radio stations, two hospitals, primary and secondary schools, among others.
The entire Kenema City has been in total darkness for the past six months during the dry season because of lack of water in the Dodo hydro dam to provide 6 mega watts electricity for both Bo City in the south and Kenema City in the east.
Since the start of May 2011, the two cities have been getting intermittent electricity supply on rotational basis.
It is over two weeks now since Nyandeyama section has stopped getting electricity supply. While other sections in the city are getting continuous electricity supply, other areas get electricity supply on rotational basis as the water level in the Dodo Dam has increased.
Some business people in the area who wholly depend on electricity supply to make ends meet, are now running dry.
A consumer, Mariama Mattia, who sells cold water, said it is very difficult for her to meet her commitments towards her children’s education, especially when her husband is not with her at the moment.
Another consumer in the area, Lamin Foday, accused BKPS of bringing bills to them even though they are persistently living in blackout.
Massah Koroma of B-Line at Nyandeyama said it will be a big surprise for her if they get light in their area within a month’s time because BKPS is known for collecting bills even when they are facing blackouts and also accused of not replacing their worn out cables. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the BKPS in Kenema City, David Sama, confirmed that it is unfortunate for the people of Nyandeyama section to have problem with their transformer at this peek of the rainy season. He said his superiors are working very hard to solve the problem.