Man, 40, ‘Commits Suicide’ in Gbarnga

first_imgResidents in the LPMC Road Community in Gbarnga on Monday, September 10, were shocked following the discovery of the lifeless body of a man believed to be in his 40s. Community members identified the deceased as Dorwan Beah, alias D-1. Dorwan was discovered in his bedroom, surrounded by bottles of alcoholic beverages.According to an account released by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP), D-1, a famous tyre repairer in Gbarnga, had persistently accused his fiancée, Bendu Joe, of being in an extra relationship, something which, police suspected, had kept the two separated for a while.Police records established that as a result of the intensity of the confusion between the two, Bendu had been living temporarily with her sister (not named) in the same community up to the time D-1 died.It was also established that the LPMC Community went into confusion when the corpse of D-1 was found on his four inch mattress, surrounded by empty bottles of Pastis (liquor), which were found under a blue plastic chair in the deceased’s room.Police have not established the actual cause of death, but it is widely speculated that D-1 died as a result of excessively drinking the liquor on “empty stomach.”One account has it that since the confusion broke out between D-1 and his fiancée, he has often been in the community shop drinking in order to endure his “frustration.”Bendu Joe told police investigators that her boyfriend in recent times accused her of being in an affair with another man, “and because of the allegation, D-1 has always been in the constant habit of raining insults at me.”“Since we got together, I don’t even know the year, using insult has never been his behavior. But since the confusion started between us, things have been bad with me. Sometimes he will beat on me and insult me in the open,” Bendu told police investigators, with tears streaming down her chest.She said as a result of her boyfriend’s irrepressible behavior, she decided to sleep at her sister’s house in the same community.“The evening D-1 took his own life away, he came to my sister’s house demanding that I go with him to sleep, but I refused, only to see his lifeless body the next morning,” Bendu said.“We have children, but my worry is who will take care of those children,” Bendu cried.A fifteen-man jury was set up on Monday by police to examine the body and establish cause of death, but the jury reported that there was no foul play.Meanwhile, the body has been turned over to the family for burial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Flood victims fearful of future high tides

first_imgAftermath of flooding…persons still cleaning, assessing damages…urged to take precautions as more overtopping expectedSandbags and other barriers secured the doors of houses along the West Coast of Demerara which were battered from flooding this weekend as normalcy is yet to return to the lives of many affected persons.One resident cleaning the mosque after the floodwaters recededDrainage works being undertaken after the incidentPrevention for future overtoppingAs a matter of fact, the frequency of overtopping due to high tides has stirred fear among communities. As more high spring tides are expected, many are dreading how they will handle the situation.The waters were calmly receding on Monday when Guyana Times visited several areas, but many expressed that this would be short-lived, signalling that another high tide was upon them. At about 05:18h in the afternoon, they were warned that another flooding would occur.Those communities affected include Blankenburg, Hague, Den Amstel, Fellowship, Cornelia Ida, Anna Catherina, and Uitvlugt Oceanview. Since Saturday morning, the tides have been unforgiving to these coastal areas.This is the second major inundation to hit the communities in just over one year. Last March, breaches in the sea defence resulted in persons being relocated to shelters after their homes were severely flooded.Monday saw villagers on a cleanup spree, scrubbing and washing their yards that were stained with the ocean water. On other premises, furniture and other items stood outside to be dried.However, a mother of six, Jacqueline Henry said her biggest concern was that her children did not make it to school due to the situation. Many of their clothes and furniture in the bottom flat of their house was soaked from the overtopping Atlantic waves.“For the first day, we had it inside. Most of my children school stuff damage. Only the big ones them gone to school because I couldn’t find everything this morning,” Henry said.She recalled the March 2018 flooding, stating, “Last year, everything was gone. Everything. Me didn’t had nothing that save from last year. As soon as we hear the water coming, we put up everything and put them in order.”Meanwhile, Sankar Mangra said his livestock and plants suffered from the floodwaters. He stated that they are still awaiting compensation from last year’s flooding as little relief was provided this time around.“The first one was more serious. The whole thing break down and nobody didn’t come to look we. Them just promise and promise and nothing. The people who had the flood and danger didn’t get nothing. This time was two days and two night and nobody really didn’t come round. They just bring soap powder and bleach and we already use all out done,” the man recalled.While the water had retreated from his home, they were yet to clean the surroundings.This publication also caught up with Azeem Syad, who was constructing a concrete barricade to stop any future floodwaters from entering.“Everything damage up. Nobody come to do nothing. Look at this place. We just do some mason work just to block the water,” the affected man relayed.Many persons have assessed their losses to be in the millions. They continue to blame the poor drainage system – a problem which fails to irrigate properties during such unfortunate events.In one area at Uitvlugt, some excavation works were done for pipes to be installed. But residents have positively expressed that this will not control the issue entirely.PrecautionsDuring this time, the Public Health Ministry sent out a warning, urging persons to stay out of the water and keep food items safe. Water-borne diseases can be contracted through contact with these waters.The notice warned, “Direct contact with floodwaters can expose you to several germs that can lead to any of these diseases. Keep children especially out of the water as they are most at risk of contracting diseases. Avoid swimming in canals and trenches. During the rainy season and floods, these become contaminated by both human and animal faeces and can make you sick.”Protective gear should be used along with regular washing of feet after exiting the waters. If necessary, Vaseline or oil can be applied to form a barrier to protect from the dirty water.Adding to that, water poses as breeding grounds for mosquitoes which spread Zika, dengue and chikungunya virus. Fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly with clean water to prevent contamination.Instructions were given to turn off the main electrical outlet as well as equipment.“Protect against electric shock by turning off the main electrical switch and unplug all appliances and move them to safe areas of your homes if your home is at threat of flooding. If you suspect electrical wiring have been damaged in your home, turn off the main and have it checked by a qualified electrician before turning on back the power.”For any injuries, the West Demerara Regional Hospital, Leonora Hospital and other regional and district hospitals’ outpatient departments are all fully operational.The Public Infrastructure Ministry has said that there were no breaches in the defence structure but they are monitoring the situation. Officials predict that the spring tide will be in effect until October 2. (Rupa Seenaraine)last_img read more