Uncontrollable rain water from 4 four big drainages constructed by the Chinese road construction team depositing at a very narrow drainage said to be constructed during colonial days and leading to the Banana water community via the sea, has rendered some residents of the Banana Water community homeless.
In the early hours of yesterday, I received a distress call from a one-time Managing Editor of Liberty Voice Newspaper, Sammy Davies, who raised serious concern over the magnitude of flooding in the Banana Water community due to poor drainage system in that community.
On arrival I caught up with one of the Banana Water committee members, Sahr James, who narrated that since the start of the rains this year, they have always experienced persistent flooding which has resulted to damage to their property worth millions of Leones .
He maintained they have at one point made representation to the black engineers working with Chinese Construction Company along Wilkinson Road in Freetown to register their frustration over devastating effect of the poor drainage system affecting their community.
He pointed out that the engineers said they have no control over the construction process and besides, their Chinese bosses don’t listen to them.
John Sesay, one of the family heads who incurred serious loses to an extent of re-locating, said this is not the first time he has been subjected to such frustration, noting that the last time water flowed right into his house during night hours thereby destroying most of his electrical and other valuable gadgets worth huge amount of money.
He stated that the repeat of the flooding in that community had not only resulted into financial and material loses, but dealt health effect on them.
Another member of the committee, John Koroma, expressed his dissatisfaction over the little attention giving to them in that community ,pointing out that the Chinese expatriates need to pay a day’s visit to their community to assess the magnitude of damage they have caused in their community.
However, Mr. Sammy Davies has already provided temporary accommodation to some of the flood victims in his compound, hoping that the Chinese contractors should go over there to see how best to ameliorate the problem.
As he put it, “I am also a victim of this flooding but I would only advice that we explore all diplomatic avenues to see how best we could problem because the road construction itself is a very big venture the we appreciate but the contractors only need to take cognizance of the concern of the people”.
By Solomon Rogers