Lofa County Flag
Rainstorm Renders Thousands Homeless In Foya
By Korboi K. Gbelewala/LINA Lofa County Correspondent
VOINJAMA, June 2 (LINA)-Heavy rainstorm has damaged 200 houses rendering thousands of residents, mostly women and children, homeless in Foya City, Foya Statutory District in Lofa County.
Making the disclosure in an interview with the Liberia News Agency Tuesday, Foya Statutory district Superintendent Tennyson Farkonia confirmed that the disaster hit several communities in Foya city and described the situation as very pathetic.
Superintendent Farkonia who was also affected by the rainstorm, said the incident occurred at about 6 PM Sunday evening when a heavy rainstorm hit Foya, followed by a heavy downpour of rain which damaged the roofs from more than 200 houses. He added that four senior high schools were also affected, with two badly destroyed and also thousands of United States dollars worth of properties damaged in the process.
Superintendent Facornia named Ndama Road, Pawah Quarter, Kpormbu Road and AG Quarter as communities that were badly affected by the disaster in Foya city, Lofa County.
The Foya Statutory District Superintendent attributed the heavy rainstorm to encroachment by Savanna land from Guinea.
Meanwhile, Superintendent Facornia has sounded as SOS appeal to government, humanitarian organizations and international partners to provide urgent assistance to the victims most of whom, he observed, are women and children. He said some of the victims are currently sleeping in the open, while others have sought refuge in public buildings, schools and churches, neighboring villages as well as the homes of friends and relatives.
It can be recalled that on May 12, 2014 a heavy rainstorm damaged more than 300 houses in Voinjama City and its environs. In October 2014 another storm hit and damaged the roofs of several houses including a clinic, making the Sunday rainstorm disaster in Foya the fifth to hit Lofa County rendering thousands of residents, mostly women and children, homeless in the county.
Meanwhile, the Liberia National Red Cross Lofa Chapter and the Lofa County Disaster Management Committee and local authorities in Foya District have begun assessing damaged homes and registering the names of the Foya disaster victims.