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Momodou Posted - 29 Aug 2017 : 13:10:47
Breaking News: Disaster Hits Tiny Gambia as Hurricane like Floods Hits Kuntaur; Town in Water

By Gainako on August 29, 2017

The Gambia is several thousand Miles from the United States. However, the tiny Nation is currently facing a similar global warming disaster through the powerful Hurricane Harvey which hit the Southern States of Texas causing massive evacuation and Disaster relief mobilization by the United States government. In Contrast Gambia’s provincial town of Kuntaur and its surroundings experience a similar flooding and the entire village is buried in heavy down pour of rain. Kuntaur town is situated on the river bank which also contributed to the flooding.

The local town residents evacuated themselves to any high rise banks to rescue themselves and their families......

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Momodou Posted - 06 Sep 2017 : 23:01:10
Kuntaur rice fields flooded
September 6, 2017
Abdoulai G. Dibba

Several rice fields within the Kuntaur rice growing areas in the Niani District in Central River Region North, have been inundated by the recent floods and rice farmers are becoming increasingly frustrated over the situation.
Farmers reported the matter to this medium during a visit of the area on the 29 of August 2017, by this reporter.

Some 115 hectares of rice plots that were recently transplanted and are now inundated, make their owners prone to food insecurity.

Talking to this reporter, Maraiama Njie asserted that they are helpless because most of them will not be able to re-transplant their rice plots because they do not have seedlings for transplanting.

She said the flood will impact negatively on food security as there will be no harvest of lowland rice in Kuntaur this season.

Ensa Mendy, an Agricultural officer at Kuntuar Agric. Camp, indicated that the rice fields were flooded by the running flash flood waters, forcing the transplanted low-land rice field to submerge. According to Mr Mendy, the inundation of the fields will certainly lead to food insecurity as the seedlings that submerged in the water will certainly rot and die.

“And if the farmers do not have other seedlings for re-transplanting, then there will be zero harvest for them,” stated Ensa Mendy.
Momodou Posted - 05 Sep 2017 : 20:17:13
Victims of 102 Niani households await help
Foroyaa: September 4, 2017
Abdoulai G. Dibba

Flood victims of 102 households of Kuntaur and affected villages in Niani are still waiting for food and other forms of assistance from the government, NGOs and missions.
Shelter for homeless victims, though inadequate, has been provided. Concerned individuals have donated whatever they can to the victims. According to the Chief of the district, Pierre Bah, Kipa Konjera has donated ten thousand dalasis (D10,000) and two bales of second hand clothes; the Niani youths in Germany have donated thirty-six thousand, six hundred dalasis (D36,600) and GDC leader Mama Kandeh donated thirty thousand dalasis for the purchase of books for school children, 100 bags of rice for Kuntaur victims and 120 bags of rice for victims of satellite villages.
The village of Kuntaur in Niani District Central River Region North, was flooded by the heavy downpour of the 26 of August 2017, causing many residents homeless and food insecure.
Residents of the village voiced their frustration on the heavy rains of the 26 August 2017 that has rendered them homeless and has escalated their food insecurity.
According to them, the heavy downpour at this time of the cropping season, has rendered their shelters and rice fields flooded and brought down most structures and washed all their foodstuff away.
Talking to this reporter at Kuntaur, Keme Jarra expressed thanks to God since no life was lost, but as far as destruction of properties is concerned, they are left with almost nothing; that at the time of speaking to this reporter on Tuesday 29 August, the small ruminants were still being carried away by flood waters and the animals could not be found up to now.
“Twenty-six of our small ruminants have been barred by the current flash floods from coming home and up to now, we are searching for them but could not see them and some of these small ruminants are pregnant while the others are breastfeeding their young ones,” she stated.
With regard to food stuff, Madam Jarra said their food stores have been washed away by the strong currents of the flood waters and those in bags have been soaked in these waters. “When foodstuff like rice is sunk in water, there is nothing that one can do but to throw it away because it is not consumable,” she said.
The Area Councilor Alhagi Kebba Sabally, said the incident caught the whole community by surprise. Sabally asserted that over 102 households have been affected by the floods and a lot of animals, compounds, foodstuff and other belongings were destroyed.
He said those whose houses were destroyed are currently housed at the Quranic School, the GGC Depot, the Market, the health Centre and good neighbours.
The Governor of the region Sulayman Barry, stated that he came to the area for fact finding and when he returns to his office, he will consult his team of technicians and engineers to discuss ways and means of addressing the problem holistically.
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