community of Making and environs were
thrown into shock and dismay upon
seeing the results of the torrential
rains that fell on Friday 13th
2006. Flood waters had many villages
submerged and crying out for
became impassable and communities well
There were in some areas up to
ten (10) feet of water.
Luckily, there were no human
However, livestock was lost and
there were heavy damage to buildings
People lost appliances,
electronic devices, mattresses, food
items, school books etc.
In many instances people lost
everything and were totally dependent
on families and the Government for
food, clothing and other helpful
were approximately three hundred (300)
Parts of the area were marooned
for four days, and food, water,
mattresses and other items were
distributed to counteract the bad
effects of the disaster.
has caused a great impact in the
people of the zone and made them
realize that working as a community is
a good method to stay alive.
We need to be more careful of
dos and don’ts. The wayward dumping
of debris, in all its forms, into our
waterways, must be stopped.
We need to make sure that all
our waterways are clean every time.
Communities need to be
proactive and set standards to make
sure such disasters are minimized.
Villagers need to take stock of
their vulnerabilities and capacities.
Subsequently, these should be
assessed and then design a plan of
When we do such, we are making
our communities alive and equipping
ourselves to handle any crisis that
may come our way.
Let us all have a plan of
action for our communities.