Landslide Hits Grand Cape Mount County, Several Feared Dead

Tragedy has hit Grand Cape Mounty County in central Liberia following a gigantic landslide in Masaakpaoh, Bangoma and Tewor District with several feared dead.

According to report, the incident which is said to be the second since 1982 at which time 55 persons were pronounced dead took place on Monday, May 4, 2020 in the County at the greatest surprise of many residents many of whom are now victims of the incident.

Reports  say scores of bodies are still being counted out of the robles, the towns according to eyewitnesses have been experiencing influx of young people from various towns around Grand Cape Mount and nearby towns alone the Sierra Leone, Liberian boarder.

The county is completely mourning the lost at the moment as prayers are been held after which a mass burial will be held later today after the mid-day prayers.

In recent days residents and citizens of Tawor Distirct have complained about a mining company, mostly Chinese, carrying out illegal mining in their district.

Robertsports City Mayor, Edwin Koha, who also rush to the scene told  reporters  that the Grand Cape County was once more in mourning and called on the government of Liberia to quickly move to provide food and shelter for hundreds of others that are being made homeless due to the violent landslide.

Early this morning officers of the Liberian National Police, along with a team from the Ministry Of Internal Affairs and the National Disaster Management, including the Liberia National Red Cross and the Grand Cape Mount County Health team, were working with local youths in searching for more bodies from the wreckage.

A senior citizen of the County, and a steward of the Coalition for Democratic Change, Varney Kromah, has join-in offering prayers to Almighty Allah, on behalf of those, who lost their lives and called on citizens of the county to join hands in raising needed relief items to support their fellow kinsman who are now being hit by this violent landslide amidst the observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Mr. Karmah, a prominent son of the district is at the same time calling on the government to ensure food and medication is provided to the County during this difficult moment.

He also called on authorities of Bea Mountian to join the rescue mission in the provision of urgently neeeded food and medical supplies as was done by other mining companies in 1982 Mano River landslide.

It may be recalled, similar landslide occurred in Grand Cape Mount County leaving at least 55 people dead.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.