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Sand Mining Contributing to Negative Effects of Erosion on Liberia's Coast
May 7, 2017
Several communities that once lined Liberia’s coast are now under the Atlantic Ocean and the country risks losing more communities, infrastructures and key landmarks to the sea, if nothing is immediately done to curb sea erosion.
Except for a few coastal communities occupied by some of the country’s elites, most of these communities are slums, occupied by some of the nation’s poor citizens.
Currently, West Point, a popular peninsula community located downtown Monrovia has lost half of its land mass to the ocean.
The ocean has backwashed itself at the main coal tar road that once passed through the community.
The road has been rendered unusable. It now edges with the Atlantic. It is this community that hosts the head offices of Liberia Electricity Corporation; the facility is no longer far from the ocean.