Dr. Isatou Touray, Gambia’s Vice President has disclosed that the Gambia is among hundreds critical countries most vulnerable to climate change.
“According to the Inter-Government Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) list the Gambia is among the hundreds critical countries most vulnerable to climate change and particularly susceptible to weather related hazards,” she said during the launching of the India-UN Development partnership fund project; held at a local hotel in Senegambia.
The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) initiated this project with titled of ‘Using Drones and Early Warning System for Pre- and Post- Floods Disaster Management in the Gambia.’
“Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for majority Gambians. The constant floods affect the livelihoods of more than 70% of the population anytime it occurs.”
“The UN had projected in its UN Country Team Harmonized Framework of support to The Gambia that in 2018, 43,000 persons will require direct lifeline support and 350,000 people shall be affected by disasters includes loss of productivity and food insecurity,” Dr. Touray quoted as saying.
She explained that since 2015, the Gambia has been encountering a number of hazards affecting lives and livelihoods, but flooding (riverine flooding included) has been one of the major threats to the country with a significant increase of victims.
She noted that the average Annual Increment on population affected by floods (Riverine Flooding included) is 72% which she means has a significant impact on the country’s GDP and other social infrastructure.
VP revealed that the country faced limited financial and material resources to address these problems before and after occurrence of disaster while saying the project is significant in contributing to disaster preparedness through an effective early warning system.