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2,000 left homeless after sea erosion in New Kru Town, Liberia

– Staff Writer          Sea erosion - Buchanan, Liberia, West Africa


At least 2,000 persons were rendered homeless and 15 houses were overtaken by water on Wednesday as a result of sea erosion at the Porpor Beach Community in the Borough of New Kru Town, Bushrod Island.

Some of the victims told the New Democrat yesterday said they were now living in the street while others were seeking refuge at the D. Tweh High School in New Kru Town.

Victim Eric Thompson who lost his two houses said the erosion began to threaten them about four days before it finally hit them on Wednesday night.

“We never expected the sea erosion to be so dangerous on Wednesday because it was always off and on for the past four days. It took us unaware leaving us with nothing”, Thompson pointed out.

He said he was not aware that any of the local authorities or their District-16 Representative Edward Forh visited the scene of the disaster.

“Only the Red Cross personnel I saw here since the incident occurred.”

But someone told me before the day end that they will be here. “Moreover I want to use this opportunity to call on government and other humanitarian organizations to come to our aid because we lost everything and we are now in the street”, victim Thompson stressed.

Madam Matter Nah, another victim, made a similar appeal. She said she lost all her earthly belongings and so she needs help seriously. “I’m presently on the street and have nowhere to go. The government needs to come to our aid now because we are dying slowly as a result of this disaster”, she noted.

Rebecca Tah, a survival of the erosion, expressed fears that she could be the next victim and urged the government to come in now in order to rescue the situation.

“My house is still standing. It is not too far from sea mouth. Our neighbors are in tears today. Tomorrow it could be us. So we need to call on the government to take action now before the sea carries this community”, she stressed.

Meanwhile residents were seem accommodating some of the victims in their houses while other were seen going to seek refuge at the D. Tweh High School.

New Democrat 2013

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