By Alloycious David (The News Newspaper)
Debris left behind by the devastating sea erosion that hit West Point in Monrovia last Friday morning
Several homes in the township of West Point were Friday washed away by the Atlantic Ocean. West Point is Monrovia’s biggest slum community situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mesurado River.
The sea erosion, according to some locals, resulted into three deaths, but such claim has not been independently verified by this blog.
However, several properties including personal effects got damaged as a result of the sea erosion.
The News Newspaper’s reporter who visited the disaster scene last Saturday, many homes, mostly zinc structures, were washed under the ocean.
Residents explained in separate interviews that the ocean early Friday morning violently burst into their homes, carrying away their household items and other valuable.
Victims putting together pieces of zinc to commence rebuilding after the disaster
Annie Kofa, a mother of four children affected by the incident, explained that the erosion took place as early as 5 AM.
She explained that her family is currently displaced at a local school after the sea destroyed their three-bed rooms zinc house.
According to Madam Kofa, about four children were washed away by the violent wave that accompanied the erosion. She disclosed that the children were residents of Kru Beach, one of the worst hit areas in the township.
Asked where the remains are, Madam Kofa said “the sea was yet to wash the remains of the four kids on shore,” noting “normally when people are drown in the ocean, its takes about three to four days before their bodies can come on shore.”
Efforts to ascertain the information failed, as the Town Ship Commissioner of West Point, Haja Flowers was out of her office when our reporter visited there. Her Secretary, Sam Blamo, disclosed that his boss was out on the field collecting information on the disaster.
Another resident, Dekontee Nyankoon, disclosed that her five- bed room house vanished into the ocean.
Pointing her finger to where the house was situated, Madam Nyankoon, in a sad tone, explained: “We were asleep by 5 Am Friday morning when the sea got rough. It started coming into our houses. We started running for our dear lives. And before we would look, all our houses were gone.”
Easter E. Moore, a middle-age man, disclosed that similar incident occurred about six years ago, and stressed the need for government to take appropriate action to avert future occurrences.
Many homes were cut into half like this on, and it would cost lot of resources for the poor owners to restore them
Several persons victimized by the sea were seen early Saturday collecting debris left behind. Some were seen removing sea water from their homes, while others were observed rehabilitating or rebuilding their homes.
A prominent resident, Richard A. Kieh, said the area still remains a threat and warned individuals repairing damaged homes to desist because the area was no longer safe for dwelling.
He also called on the Township Commissioner to stop issuing squatter right to individuals building near the sea.