On Tuesday, 30th March, 2021 at around 8:20 a.m. President Julius Maada Bio, and his wife along with members of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) visited the Susan’s Bay fire disaster victims and donated food and other relief items.
Chief of Susan’s Bay, Pa Alimamy Kamara II said he was at the Masjid on Monday night when he received visitors from the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) informing him that the president will be visiting them in the morning. “In the morning, the Harbor Master, Alimamy Kargbo, and the Chief Imam and myself went to the site and gathered the people. When the president came he went around and saw the destruction firsthand before addressing us. He brought 1,600 bags of rice and 800 (5 gallons) of cooking oil” Chief Kamara II averred. Presenting their needs to the Head of State, he said “we are displaced currently and our immediate needs are zinc, cement, iron rods and other building materials. The rains are just around the corner and this place is a low lying area without proper shelter, our condition will be deplorable.”
President Bio told the gathering that he came to see the devastation with his own eyes and show solidarity with the victims. He pledged his governments unwavering support to the affected people to uplift their lives. He expressed satisfaction with the assistance given to the victims so far and promised further help.
He encouraged the victims to sum up courage and thanked the community leaders and all those that are supporting the victims.
Meanwhile, the Director General of the National Disaster Management Agency, Lt. General Rtd. Brima Sesay, informed the gathering that the President had been working behind the scene to get help for the victims.
He briefed the president that a total of 7,093 people, 1,597 family households and 254 makeshift structures were affected adding that since the incident occurred supports had come in from different bodies, among them Rokel Commercial Bank, United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children, Caritas, World Food Program (WFP) and Mercury International.
At the scene over 100 camp tents from Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) and International Office for Migration (IOM) have been erected to shelter the victims while Caritas is providing feeding and blanket and clothing. UNICEF has provided solar powered flood lights and Milla Water tanks.
The German Emergency Doctors (CAP ANAMUS) are also on site to give assistance to the victims which covers around 8 hundred meters in circumference (two football field size in radius).
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