Flooding around Kotu:Latrikunda Bridge Photo Credit: Alhagie Manka, State of Mic

As seen in videos posted online, homes and roads were flooded across the Greater Banjul area following heavy rains from Friday night through Sunday morning.

Reports online monitored show that the Vice President, Alieu Badara Joof, accompanied by the minister of infrastructure, Ebrima Sillah, mayor Talib Bensouda of the Kanifing Municipality (KM), and the head of the national disaster management agency, Sanna Dahaba, among other government officials, was out on Sunday morning in the KM area visiting the affected communities and infrastructure.

Regarding affected vital national infrastructure, one online source reported to TAT the collapse of the crucial Kotu bridge, which links the Traffic Lights to the hotel’s area from Kotu, Kololi, Bijilo, and settlements beyond. This development on the strategic highway will disrupt traffic in the area.

Flash flood has render many residents in Kanifing, Banjul and Brikama homeless
PC: Alagie Manka

Another online report is about the Police High Command deploying the police force to join the national response to assist disaster victims.

This year’s rains were expected to start early this year. Based on our dairy entry, the first rains in Banjul and its environs came on Thursday, 26 May, followed by another rainfall on Friday night, 27 May, when it rained from around 8 pm to around midnight.

The national Met Office called the Department of Water Resources (DWR) in the Gambia had forecast that this year’s seasonal rainfall would be “above normal” and was expected to begin in June and end around October.

The DWR produces the Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) annually, which is the outlook of rainfall patterns in the country for July-August-September (JAS).

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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