Heavy downpour of rain lasting for hours yesterday left many areas around Freetown partly flooded and a 30 mm fence at the Libyan Embassy at Wilberforce collapsed on three adjacent houses killing five people on the spot leaving scores wounded.
Mohamed Feika who lost a child in the disaster told Awoko that his wife was swept away by the torrent of water but was later rescued helpless and taken to hospital for treatment. His three other children were also seriously injured and also had to receive medical attention.
“Had it not been for the help of God my brother’s children who had earlier left for Summer School would have been killed” Kallon said.
Another tenant Hassan Kallon who lost his two daughters in the disaster said in tears that he was away at work when the disaster struck. He also explained that his six months old toddler was rescued by neighbours slightly injured.
Mustapha Bangura also a victim had his wife waist cut completely by the broken fence and she remained trapped underneath the rubble until she was rescued and rushed to hospital. His younger brother Alhaji suffered a broken leg.
Initially victims were rushed to the 34 Military Hospital for medical attention but they were referred to the Emergency Hospital at Goderich.
The deputy Minister Health Minister Mohamed Daudis Koroma and the Defense Minister Paolo Conteh were at the scene when the rescue team made up of the Army personnel and the City Council worked through the rubble retrieving bodies and the injured.
In another development, the Lumley Bridge and expansion of drainages was partly submerged in the torrential rain yesterday and brought normal traffic and businesses to a halt.
The Freetown Road, Lumley was not accessible by motorist and pedestrians during the morning hours of yesterday, motorist were forced to abandon their cars at the middle of the flooded street while pedestrians walked through the water half naked.According to flood victims, the lack of proper drainage system is one of the major problems affecting the community because both SLRA and the Freetown City Council have failed to intervene so as to rescue the community from disaster.
A taxi driver that was caught up in the flood expressed frustration and disappointment over poor drainage facilities within Lumley “this place has been flooding over the years without Government intervention it is disgraceful “he said. By Saidu Bah & Jon -Bu