At least five persons were reportedly killed as the result of a windstorm on Tuesday March 15, in Kokoya Statutory District in Bong County.According to reports from the area, more than 70 houses were destroyed leaving several persons homeless.The victims included two deaths in David Dean Town known as Gold Camp and Sayewehn Town in Boisen Administrative District.In Dolo Town more than 20 houses were destroyed, while in Kpai Town, about 30 dwellings were also damaged. Other victims included a man identified only as George, who was killed by a falling tree, while another person whose name was not disclosed was reportedly killed by lightening.In Behla, Jorquelleh Administrative District #2 in Bong County, a woman whose identity was not established was also killed.Survivors have appealed to the government and humanitarian organizations to help them with zinc, clothing and other essential materials. They are at present housed by relatives.When contacted, the coordinator of the disaster management and also Bong County Inspector, William Kollie, told the Daily Observer that his office has officially informed authorities at the Ministry of Internal Affairs about the disaster. Mr. Kollie explained that the lack of a vehicle remains a major challenge to his office, but assured the victims that he will work with other concerned institutions to ensure that immediate attention is given to their situation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Smiles were on the faces of scores of children attached to the Diamond Special Needs School when, on Saturday, the Richard Giddings Foundation held a special activity for the festive season under the theme, “When faced with hunger and hopelessness, children are the most vulnerable and least likely to survive without help”.The Richard Giddings Foundation Christmas party was held at the Diamond Special Needs School, and catered for some 100 children, treating them to goodies and engaging them in several fun activities.According to Lizanna Gordon, representative of the Richard Giddings Foundation, the initiative was intended to bring joy to the underprivileged, at- risk and orphaned children.She pointed out that the key aim of the foundation, which is spearheaded by a board of trustees and committee members, is to provide daily healthy meals and education by providing books and other necessities for the children.The Richard Giddings Foundation was formed in 2014 after 24-year-old Richard Giddings was involved in a vehicle accident when he attempted to avoid hitting two motorcyclists who were allegedly racing on December 26th of that year.
Jammu: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday undertook a whirlwind visit to the militancy-infested south Kashmir and assured the locals that their security is the government’s responsibility. Doval arrived in Kashmir on Tuesday, a day after the Centre revoked the provisions of Article 370, which gave special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. He is reaching out to the local population in the Valley as a confidence building measure (CMB). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Everything will be alright. Your safety and security is our responsibility,” Doval told people in Shopian district. An unprecedented security cover and several restrictions are in place in Kashmir. All modes of communication have been snapped in the Valley. Doval was seen eating food on a footpath outside closed shops and talking to locals. He exchanged views with them on the security situation and the government’s decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Your children and their children will continue to live here. They will make their name in the world,” the NSA told people. He also met policemen in the area and praised their role in the containing the situation in the state for the past several years. “Jammu and Kashmir Police is one of the best police forces. It has a special place for us,” Doval told the policemen. Later, videos of Doval, flanked by director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbagh Singh, interacting with locals and policemen went viral on social media.