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A raging storm accelerating at high velocity hit the coastal provincial municipality of Buchanan and left scores of people homeless.

On May 25, 2013, similar raging and spiraling storm hit New Buchanan community leaving several residents homeless and severely victimized. Another heavy storm hit Gorzohn community in May 2015 and also left hundreds of inhabitants homeless.

The May 24, 2015 storm which lasted for nearly 10 minutes destroyed more than 50 houses in Key Hole and Gorzohn communities.

According to the victims, the storm swirled early in the morning at 1am and left behind ponds of rain water and soaked everything household materials and other properties.

Due to the severity of the storm, several large mangos, breadfruit and coconut trees were also uprooted but did not cause damage to any home.

Currently, hundreds of residents of the affected community are homeless and are calling on humanitarian organizations and well-meaning Liberians for urgent assistance.

The storm unroofed buildings, destroyed and makeshift homes but there was no casualty.

Speaking to the correspondent in the affected community, Grand Bassa County Superintendent, Etweda Cooper, accompanied by County Information Officer Eddie Williams assured victims that she will as fast as possible get in touch with the Red Cross and other humanitarian groups including the Ministry of Internal Affairs to intervene in order to ease the frustration of the homeless citizens in the area.

Also appearing on the scene, Dr. Lawrence Bropleh who identified with the victims pledged an initial contribution of five bundles of zinc to be picked up on May 25, 2015.

Dr. Bropleh who deeply regretted the incident also presented a check of LD$20,000 to the head of the community John Paygar for the little kids whose uniforms and other school materials got damaged.

He promised to do more next week and also assured the victims that he will lobby with other friends and humanitarian groupings to once again put smile on the their faces Monrovia Junction, Kaytor Town and around the Four-Houses Community are communities in Buchanan which were not badly hit by the storm.

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