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Storm Destroys Over 60 Houses in Gbarpolu County

Bopolu District – Hundreds of people are homeless in Gbarquois town, Gbarpolu County after storm destroyed 68 houses. The incident occurred on February 12 during the evening hour. The storm lasted for over an hour, according to residents. No death was reported but one person, a five-year-old girl, is injured.

Reporter: Henry B. Gboluma, Jr. | LVL Reporter

“What happened to us in this town beat my imagination,” explains Town Chief Habakkuk M. Jallah. “It happened in the day. In fact, we were in a meeting that Sunday afternoon when that heavy thunderstorm came and damaged 68 houses in this area.”

Out of the 68 houses, six are public buildings, and 62 are owned by families.

As a result of the natural disaster, Fatu David, a mother of three, is amongst scores of residents who have moved to an unfinished clinic building in the area.

“Because of this bad situation that spoiled our houses, we are now living in this building,” she said, adding “some of our friends have relocated to their farms.”

Janga Cooper amd her family were also made homeless by the storm. She added: “We finished opening this clinic now. We are thankful that the people built this clinic here for us.

Several others internally displaced people who spoke to reporters called on the local authorities, national government, and goodwill organizations to timely intervene.

Stanford David, general town chief, said “since this troubling usual [situation] occurrence, we continue to cry out for help to protect buildings without roofs, and to even rebuild others that got damaged totally.”

“Our fingers remain crossed to get the needed support. We started calling for help,” he added.

As a result, Mr. David added that affected families have received 35 bundles of zinc from two sons of Bopolu District.

“We got 20 [bundles of zinc] from the former Bopolu city mayor, Zinnah Norman and 15 from representative Alfred Koiwood,” Stanford adds, “We have not shared them because it is not enough to reach the storm victims.

Meanwhile, the Gbarpolu County Legislative caucus has mandated the county’s Project Management Committee (PMC) to work in collaboration with Superintendent J. Keyah Saah to conduct an immediate on-site assessment to determine the “urgent intervention” needed.

Commenting, the legislative caucus chairperson Representative A. Kaine Wesso said: “First of all, let me on behalf of my fellow lawmakers in Gbarpolu, say sorry to our people in Gbarquois-ta and other communities that are facing similar natural disasters.

“While we are waiting for the PMC report, we are also asking other meaningful people of Gbarpolu and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, especially the Disaster Management Agency of Liberia.”


Henry B. Gboluma, Jr. is a journalist, social worker and advocate. He's dedicated to reporting issues that affect rural communities. Gboluma is the Deputy Manager for Administration and Public Affairs at the Voice of Gbarpolu in Bopolu. In 2018 and 2019, Gboluma was awarded Journalist of Year in Gbarpolu County for his commitment to empowering communities through development reporting. He holds a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism and has obtained couple of certificates in Management, Humanitarian Communications, Health Journalism and Environment and Occupational Health. Henry is also a student of A.M.E. Zion University College.

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