Disaster Agency warns residents to evacuate Bololo
Sierra Leone-Freetown: The heavy down pour of rain particularly in Freetown has resulted into major cracks on houses within the Bololo community, back of Syke Street in Freetown. The magnitude of damage caused by a crack on the building prompted the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) to ask that residents residing within that community should leave with immediate effect.
The information was brought to the NDMA’s attention by volunteers in the community who were assisting residents in one of the affected buildings.
The Director of Research, Monitoring and Evaluations at NDMA, Abu Bakarr Bangura, said they have assessed the house with cracks and given directives to all persons residing there to immediately leave. He says, “We have not only given directives for immedi
ate evacuation, we have also ensured that the affected persons comply with this directive,” he stated.
The Director of Risk Reduction and Preparedness, Thomas Lebbie, says the crack was caused as a result of the fact that the Bololo community is a clustered community with no proper drainage system to enable free flow of water whenever it rains. He says the house with cracks that is almost on the verge of collapsing, and situated on the top of a sloppy hill that is close to a wider waterway, which when it rains water from Savage Street makes its way beneath the house. Over time, as a result of poor drainage system, causing erosion has forced the crack on the house.
The NMDA assessment team is expected to present report on their findings on the impact of damage to management for their prompt actions. The agency is expected to updates the media on the 72 disaster risk zones identified in Freetown, by the Hazard and Risk Profile System (HARPIS).
The National Disaster Management Agency says they have received reports of four fire accidents, three slope and building collapses, and cracked buildings located close to a dwelling home. Despite loss and damaged on properties as a result of the rains, there was no reported loss of life.
The agency advised citizens residing within those 72 disaster prone zones to act responsibly for the safety and security of their lives and properties hence, they will continue to work with those communities and other state and non-state actors to mitigate risks and respond when disasters occur. MK/17/8/2021