President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has visited flood affected areas in Virginia and Brewerville on the outskirts of Monrovia, expressing deep regrets to residents of the areas for the losses sustained.
Accompanied Sunday by the Ministers of Internal Affairs and Public Works, and Montserrado County Representative Victoria Lynch of District #13, the President visited areas including the Cece Beach Resort and surrounding areas, which suffered massive losses.
The Liberian leader assured residents of the areas that the Ministry of Public Works would conduct an assessment of the flood affected areas to determine the scope of Government’s response.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Johnson Sirleaf lauded the Liberian National Red Cross for providing emergency response for the displaced, now sheltered at Hotel Africa and a public school in Brewerville.
The Liberian leader, who provided rice and other food items to the displaced, attributed the flooding to global climatic changes, compounded by the illegal erection of makeshift structures in the swamps and alleys of the country. The President called on zoning law violators to avoid erecting structures in these areas as Government has begun a demolition exercise.
The weekend’s floods were the second major disaster in the Monrovia area and its environs in few weeks. Flood waters left hundreds of citizens displaced last month in several areas in Monrovia and its suburbs, including King Gray.
The latest disaster has been attributed to rising waters from the Atlantic Ocean which reportedly swept away several buildings and other structures as tidal waves rushed inland.
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