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3,000 Sinje Residents Lack Safe Drinking Water, Modern Latrines, Local Official Alarms
By D. Ignatius Roberts, Grand Cape Mount County Correspondent
ROBERTSPORT, July 27 (LINA)-Over 3,000 inhabitants of Sinje Town in Garwula District, Grand Cape Mount County are facing severe hardship due to lack of safe drinking water and modern latrines.
This was disclosed by Sinje Town Chief Siafa Perry in an interview with the Liberia News Agency (LINA) correspondent recently in Sinje.
He said since the destruction of the eight hand pumps and public latrines constructed by local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOS) in the area after the war, they are yet to be rehabilitated.
Chief Perry said due to the destruction of the latrines and hand pumps, residents of the town have resorted to using the bushes for defecation and drinking unsafe creek water.
He said drinking from creeks poses serious health hazards to residents of the area because water from the bushes runs into the creeks they drink.
Mr. Perry stressed the need for Government and partners to help rehabilitate the damaged facilities to save lives.
Meanwhile, the local leader has disclosed that a 15,000 United States dollars town hall project started four years ago in the town has come to a standstill due to lack of funds.
He is therefore calling on prominent citizens of Grand Cape Mount County including the legislative caucus and the county leadership, to assist in the completion of the project.
At the same time, Chief Perry has commended the Ministry of Agriculture for providing seed rice to farmers, noting that this will enhance farming activities in the area.