Several Flood Victims Benefit From Cash Transfer

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Several flood victims have benefited from cash transfer from the Government of Liberia (GOL) and the International Rescue Committee.

   Speaking during the Weekend in Plumkor, the National Disaster Management Agency’s Deputy Executive Director for Operations, Augustine Tamba, said the cash disbursement is part of recovery plan for the most vulnerable people affected by flood in the community and parts adjacent.

   He explained that 48 communities in Montserrado County were affected during the rainy season, and that 9 communities were earmarked for the cash transfer. 1,000 households throughout the 9 communities are expected to benefit, with Plumkor community’s 110 households benefiting from the cash transfer.

   Tamba explained that US$164.50 will be given to each beneficiary, and that cash transfer will be done on a rotating basis.

   The National Disaster Management Agency’s Deputy Director acknowledged the continued support of the International Rescue Committee to the rescue effort.

   He stated that IRC is one of the agency’s most supportive and consistent partners in recovery action plan for victims of disaster, stating that the National Disaster Management Agency is cognizant of the many services the IRC has rendered the government and people of Liberia.

   The disaster agency’s executive expressed utmost thanks to the victims for fully cooperating with the agency in the interest of tackling post-disaster impact.

   Deputy Executive Director Tamba intoned that the affected community residents will be assisted in accordance with best practices, in order that they may receive a fair share of the donor-funded initiative.

   Also speaking, International Rescue Committee Country Focal Person, Diana Bedell Mejeco, said IRC has been working with the National Disaster Management Agency in responding to flood victims, noting that the cash transfer will help procure some of the required items for their homes.

   Mejeco further explained that the IRC is an international organization that is focused on conflict resolution, humanity and disaster activities, and is committed to the service of humanity across the globe. She intimated that everyone needs improved livelihood.

   She encouraged beneficiaries to fully use the funds to purchase materials that will help in reconditioning their homes, which were damaged as a result of the flood during the rainy season.

   The IRC’s focal person, who is also a certified project officer, indicated that the project has a three-month duration in the tone of US$250,000, will be disbursed across hundreds of flood victims for recovery purposes and will target the most affected communities and residents.

   She then encouraged beneficiaries to use the cash for the purpose intended in order that they may recondition their damaged homes and other places affected.

   For their parts, beneficiaries, who were seen full of excitement, lauded the National Disaster Management Agency and the International Rescue Committee for the timely gesture.

   The Plumkor community residents intoned that the program is timely for their recovery, noting that they were challenged from the day the flood invaded their homes and had no means of attending to the restoration of their homes.

   The joyous recipients of the money expressed the need  for the cash, and called on fellow community residents to swiftly cooperate with the National Disaster Management Agency to carry out the various cash transfer processes and formalities.

   They further promised to use the money for the purpose intended, stating that the cash will bring relief to them.

   Two of the beneficiaries expressed their thanks to the Government of Liberia (GOL), through the National Disaster Management Agency, and the International Rescue Committee for swiftly coming to their call during these challenging times.

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