Residents of the Crab Town community, back of the National Stadium in Freetown, are still grappling with losses of properties worth millions of Leones, being aftermath of a recent heavy downpour that floods the entire community.The water that was flowing with a heavy current forced it way into houses of residents and damaged their properties, both food items and other household equipment.
Recounting his ordeal to the Awareness Times, a businessman who identified himself as Osman Kabia said past Sunday’s downpour records the heaviest current of rain he had ever witnessed. He stated that his shop had never fall victim of flood, but informed that past Sunday’s flood resulted in damaging several properties in his shop. “The water that had taken over my entire apartment prevented me from relocating my properties to a safe haven”, he explained.
One of the oldest men in the community, Pa John Kargbo, who had spent a vital part of his life in the community, said this was the first time that the Crab Town community has ever witnessed flooding, in his entire life in the area. He explained that the flood rendered several residents homeless, as their houses were not spared by the water. He said the incident came as a big shock to residents.
Pa Kargbo revealed that his entire family and tenants in his compound were victims of the flood. He therefore used the interview as an opportunity to appeal to the government and non governmental organizations to come to their aid. An eyewitness to the disaster, who identified herself as Isha Daffay, expressed that she felt sorry for the victims. She explained that a pregnant woman was trapped in the water, adding that it would have resulted to death had it not been the timely intervention of youths in the area. She then reiterated the call of Pa Kargbo for people to intervene and aid the victims.
According to one Alpha Kamara, also known as Tafaikoh, the flood wiped away properties including pigs, Chairs, televisions, DVDs, beds, and a host of household materials.Residents also recovered an unidentified corpse after the rain had subsided.
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