Gambia: Windstorm kills 10, displaces over 1,500 others

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- A windstorm that struck Gambia and affected over 3,000 people, has left at least 10 people killed and more than 1,500 others displaced, according to the Gambia’s National Disaster Management Agency.

The windstorm that ravaged several  communities on Wednesday night and was moving at an estimated speed of 80 kilometers per hour, has disrupted access to basic services such as electricity, water and other essentials needs.

“North Bank [Region] is hard hit as we are speaking now, because we recorded 9 deaths [in the region] and 1 [death] in the West Coast Region,” Sanna Dahaba, Executive Director of the agency told reporters on Thursday.

“Any soul lost as a result of a disaster is a big loss to the country,” he said, adding that the agency would welcome any assistance from international partners.

The windstorm left several communities without electricity, water and other essential services.

A statement from the presidency said President Adama Barrow has earlier on Thursday held an emergency meeting to assess the damage and devise a response plan.

“President Barrow extends his deepest condolences and sympathy to the families that lost their loved ones and empathise with victims, and all those affected throughout the country,” the statement said.

The windstorm that affected over 3,000 people, killed at least 10 and left over 1,500 others displaced.

The President further urged good samaritans to support in any way they can to ease the burden on affected families while his government assesses the needed support, the release added.

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