The heavy downpour at the weekend impacted harshly in two towns in Sierra Leone’s Northern hinterland leaving Binkolo and Bumbuna halfway between the two. Several houses and properties have been destroyed by the gushing overflow and dozens of people are now homeless as a result.
The main road linking the two industrious towns were completely inaccessible by vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Residents in the two areas are left to only utlise the route to Magburaka via Mabonto which is leading to the Bumbuna axis. According to many people, especially businessmen and women, this is a major constraint and it’s costly.
Binkolo, a rural town in Bombali District is home to over 13, 867 residents and majority of its population is composed of the Limba ethnic group. This is the birthplace of Sierra Leone’s second president, His Excellency Joseph Saidu Momoh (Late).
Like Binkolo, Bumbuna is also in the north-central of Tonkilili District with over 3,222 residents. Located in almost 183-kilometers Northeast from the capital Freetown, Bumbuna is home to the famous Bumbuna hydroelectric dam, perhaps the largest power station in the country and is also rich in iron ore.
Bumbuna is almost 30 miles from the district capital of Magburaka and is located approximately 124 miles (by road) in the northeast from the capital, Freetown.