Sea Erosion Swallows Homes In WestPoint

By Alloycious David (The News Newspaper)

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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