Gambia has been hit by prolonged bad weather in recent weeks, culminating in an overnight storm on Thursday 8 July which levelled scores of houses, left more than 1,500 homeless or displaced, and claimed at least 10 lives.
The heavy winds, rain and flooding affected all seven districts of The Gambia, with many areas suffering a prolonged loss of electricity and running water because of damage to utility infrastructure.
Falling walls and trees injured more than 100 people, and sheet iron roofing was ripped from hundreds of buildings.
While the African Oyster Trust’s nursery schools remained largely intact and operational, a number of nurseries and other community buildings were severely damaged in the villages where we work.
The Trust has committed to helping these communities repair a number of schools and key buildings, with work already underway.
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