Heavy Down Pour Hinders Movements, Business in Kanifing Municipality


By Mamadou Dem and Muhammed Sailu Bah A heavy down pour last Friday affected the movements and operations ofKanifing Municipality many residents, pedestrians, vehicles as well as vendors in many parts of the Kanifing Municipality. The rain, which started around 16.20 pm and lasted for almost 45 minutes, left the streets and low lying compounds flooded with water and thus rendering all movements by people and vehicles to a halt. Both private and commercial vehicles and their passengers were left stuck on the road because it was very dangerous to drive as the streets were inundated with water. A few commercial vehicles could not move as the rain water has entered and put off their engines. Some people, including hawkers, were also sheltering for cover under buildings for fear of plunging into open gutters and get themselves hurt. Although, many other pedestrians braved it out to surge through the flooded water to their homes, despite the dangers of plunging into unseen holes or gutters. Unfortunately, a fire tender vehicle of the Gambia Fire and Rescue Service, which was trying to head towards Tabokoto apparently to a fire emergency, also got caught up in the traffic congestion as many vehicles could not move. However, at another point, an ambulance managed to struggle its way out of the congested traffic. According to a woman trekking on foot, she could not find any traffic to take her to her destination and as a result she has to walk. She, however, blamed the flooded streets to the poor drainage system.]]>