Liberia-July 26, 2023): The Environmental Protection Agency ofLiberia (EPA) is warning residents of Monrovia and parts adjacent of expected flooding due to heavy rainfalls.
Liberia is currently in its rainy season which could extend towards the end of the years based on climate change.
In a released issued in Monrovia (July 26, 2023), the EPA urged residents to take immediate precautionary measures to safeguard their lives and properties during this critical weather event.The EPA’s primary concern is safeguarding public health and the environment. “With the imminent threat of flooding, it is imperative that we all act responsibly and collectively tomitigate potential risks. Therefore, the EPA sternly calls on all residents to immediately cease the following activities:Throwing Dirt in the Waterway: Disposing of waste or debris in water bodies anddrainages not only contaminates the water but also obstructs natural drainage systems,exacerbating the flooding issue.Backfilling the Swamp Land: Filling in swampy areas disrupts the natural absorptionof excess water during heavy rains, leading to an increased likelihood of flooding insurrounding regions.Building in the Swamp: Constructing structures in swampy areas disrupts the delicatebalance of the ecosystem, and these areas are more susceptible to flooding anddamage during extreme weather events.We strongly encourage residents to report any instances of these harmful activities tothe EPA”, the release noted.
The EPA further encouraged the cooperation of local Communities in reporting incidents that hamper the environment which is vital to protecting the country capital’s communities from the adverse effects of flooding.
The EPA disclosed that as part of the preparedness strategy, residents stay updated with the latest weather forecasts, advisories, andemergency warnings to remain aware of the changing conditions: avoid Flood-Prone Areas: Refrain from walking or driving through flooded areas,especially during heavy rainfalls. Seek higher ground if you encounter rising water levels. “Secure Your Belongings: If you reside in flood-prone regions, take measures to secureyour possessions and belongings to minimize damage.Create a Preparedness Kit: Assemble an emergency kit containing essentials such asfood, water, medical supplies, and important documents. Be ready to evacuate ifnecessary.Maintain Open Communication: Keep lines of communication open with your family,neighbors, and local authorities to share important information and support each otherduring this time.Heed Warnings: Take all warnings from local authorities and the EPA seriously. Promptly respond to evacuation orders to ensure your safety and that of your loved ones.
The release added that the EPA is working closely with other governmental agencies and stakeholders to mitigate the potential impact of flooding and provide necessary support to affected communities. “We urge everyone to cooperate with emergency responders and followtheir instructions during any rescue or relief operations”.