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Liberia: Devastating Floods Ravage Liberia, Leaving 48,000 in Urgent Need

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Unprecedented rainy season floods have wreaked havoc across Liberia, affecting more than 48,000 people and claiming two lives. The flooding has hit Montserrado, Margibi, and Grand Bassa Counties, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

According to the press statement from the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), the scale of the flooding is unlike anything the country has ever witnessed before. Homes have been severely damaged, and critical infrastructure, including schools and hospitals, have been affected.

The NDMA, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the UN Community at large are working together to address the crisis. However, the systems of the NDMA are overwhelmed, and the agency is calling for immediate support from local and international partners.

The statement warns that an estimated 100,000 people are at risk of further flooding, windstorms, and coastal erosion, with the potential for a rise in water-borne diseases. With the rainy season not yet halfway through, the situation is expected to worsen in the coming days and weeks.

The NDMA has requested $10 million to provide lifesaving food and non-food assistance to the affected population. The agency emphasizes the urgent need for action to address the health, livelihood, safety, and security of those impacted by the devastating floods.


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