Wednesday’s rainstorm did not only leave financial burden on its many victims, who were made homeless around Monrovia and environs, it also created psychological and social problems due to the conditions of some families who were made completely homeless.
One of such families is the Karto family on Peace Island, located behind the unfinished Defense Ministry building in Congo Town. The over 15-member family can now be considered displaced as our reporter who visited the area early Thursday described its condition as pathetic and need urgent intervention. Our reporter said the roof of the 4-room house was removed by the storm while walls on one side of the building collapsed.
Speaking to our reporter, Alphonso Karto, owner of the house narrated that he and his family were indoor when the storm started Wednesday evening and they could hear a heavy sound as if there was bulldozer breaking the house.
"This is an SOS call to the Government, humanitarian organizations and philanthropists to assist us in any form so that we can renovate this building as soon as possible. We are living outside with all of our properties destroyed by the heavy rainstorm. We are afraid that the remaining structure may be destroyed if we experience any storm from now. There was no way to rescue our belongings from the rain because we were confused running for survival," Karto appealed.
Kartor however praised God because none of them sustained injury, explaining that they saw the storm lifting the roof over them and walls on one side of the house began falling outward. He said: "My family and I ran helter-skelter for survival, but we had to stay around due to the pieces of zinc and other materials that were flying all over the place."
Sitting with few family members, many of them children, and appearing dejected due to the situation, Karto termed as setback the storm disaster because he was plastering his building. He told the In Profile Daily that he had founded it difficult completing the house over the years due to the high cost of building materials in the country.
"Imagine how I struggled to build this house for years. I don’t know what to do in this situation, and don’t know where to carry my family," Karto lamented.
Karto named another effect of the rainstorm as fever he said his children are experiencing because they were in the rain throughout Wednesday night. Karto can be reached by: +231-886464216.
Even though natural phenomena are uncontrollable, it is prudent that the government disaster management committee, in collaboration with other concerned institutions and partners, carries out sensitization on how and where citizens should construct to reduce the level of disasters in the country.