As the country enters into the rains people living in Slum communities like Mabella, Kroo Bay, Susan’s Bay and many others have called on authorities and local NGOs that are engaged in the protection of people’s lives from life threatening natural disasters like flood and other atrocities caused by rain to intervene now to help them protect their volatile environment before it is too late.
At a meeting organized by Concern Worldwide, inhabitants of these disadvantaged communities and their local leaders representatives from the various Slum communities made a passionate appeal to Concern Worldwide which is presently involved in some disaster risk prevention activities to come to their aid.
It is almost an accepted fact that at every rainy season people living in Slum areas suffer the most as all major gutters running through the city end up in these slum areas which consequently result in the rubbish from these gutters being dumped in these communities.
This has resulted in most of the shack huts completely wiped out by water and over the years people have lost their lives in such situations.
This is presently the apprehension of most of the people that are likely to be affected by the apparent catastrophic consequences of the heavy rains. In some cases flooding have inflicted pains in their hearts.
Chief Pa Alhaji Kargbo of the Kroo Bay slum community expressed his apprehension towards the safety of Kroo Bay and its people saying that it is impossible for them to be relocated to a more safer ground within the shortest possible time but measures have to be put in place to protect their slum from getting adversely affected by the rain this year.
“It is not our wish to live in such situation but after the war most people cannot go back to their villages because everything had been destroyed and people had no option but to try to squeeze themselves in these areas particularly as they are within the central business district of Freetown” the Chief added.