Heavy windstorm disrupts The Gambia’s electricity, water supply

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It is approaching 24 hours since people in The Gambia has been without water and electricity following a heavy windstorm that damages the service poles on Wednesday night.

The windstorm was accompanied by persisting lightning and thunder before it led to a heavy downpour of rains across the Greater Banjul Area. Homes, schools, and offices have since been affected, disrupting domestic, learning, and official activities.

“This storm has created a big problem for us. In my house, there is no water since last night. I could not have showered this morning, because I left the remaining reserved water for my children to bathe before going to school. But as we speak, we cannot even use the toilet,” Mariama Njie told Xinhua.

Some women have started going around town begging for water from neighbors to be able to use the toilets and to cook. Others are looking for taps powered by boreholes. Standing 10th position in the queue was Fatou Touray.

“As you can see, we are tormenting. We couldn’t do any other thing because I have to look for water. It is the most important thing in life,” she lamented.
“It is not possible to use the toilet in this situation, and we need to drink and cook too. This is a bad experience,” Touray said.

Apart from the water crisis, the windstorm has also affected the electricity supply. People’s mobile phones have since been switched off and communication has been disrupted.

Ebrima Fatty has complained that he has missed some vital appointments last night, including missing a deadline to submit his online university assignment.
“Even though I had already written my work, I could not send it,” he told Xinhua.

Some workplaces that can not afford fuel for electricity for such long hours are also affected. A young entrepreneur Awa Sanyang said that this kind of situation is not good for her business, and it would even affect Gambian economy.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the National Water and Electricity Company, Pierre Silva, has apologized to the public for the situation, before hinting that the services will soon be restored.

“The situation is there are some trees and roofs that fell on our network and some poles have been damaged and they are down. We are trying to restore. We are working on them to make sure that we resolve the problems,” Silva stressed.

President Adama Barrow on Thursday held an emergency meeting with relevant stakeholders to assess the extent of damage. Enditem

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