From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Heavy storm leaves dozens homeless
By Aruna Turay
Jul 2, 2010, 17:12

Following the heavy down pour of rain propelled by windy storm in the early hours of Thursday 1st July 2010 dozens of residents were rendered homeless in the capital of Freetown. Several houses were destroyed and properties worth millions of Leones damaged as a result.

The problem was compounded by the uncontrolled chopping of trees that has caused deforestation over the years, coupled with poor drainage system on major streets of Freetown.

A senior member of the Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency Mr. John S Kamara revealed that it is definite that Sierra Leone has to continue to face such situations. He therefore urged authorities concerned, the Freetown City Council and Office of National Security to be prepared for such emergencies. He also cited indiscriminate erecting of structures as one of the causes. "90% of buildings constructed in the city are without building permits as people do not actually follow the rules and regulations in building", he informed.

Mr. Kamara said what further deepens the problem is the incapacity of the Ministry of Lands being seriously understaffed. He said there is a need for more recruitment and training for developmental staff to improve the housing structures in Sierra Leone. he ended by appealing for urgent measures to be taken in order to prevent further reoccurrence of such disasters.

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