Rainstorm hits Tapa Abotoase market; Collapses one big shed, weakens two others 

A severe rainstorm has hit Tapa Abotoase and its surrounding areas in the Biakoye District of the Oti Region, causing extensive damage to some market structures at the main Tapa Abotoase market.

The popular Abotoase market is one of the major and oldest lakeside marketing centers in the Oti and Volta enclaves of the current two sister regions. The market also serves thousands of people in the Affram Plains of the Eastern Region.

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The storm did not only collapse one (1) big market shed but also weakened two others out of nine (9) of such sheds that provide shelter and market space for several traders in the market.

There was no casualty during the disaster as the incident occurred on a non-market day. More than one hundred and eighty (180) market women have however been displaced by the disaster, most of whom would have to either stay at home until the problem is fixed or join their colleagues in the already chocked open space to do their business in this Covid-19 era where the social distancing protocol is vigorously being preached and adhered to along other protocols at all places including the market canters.

The market sheds were constructed several years ago. The base of the pillars is a metal pipe fixed into the concreted floor on top of which the wooden pillars of the market sheds were mounted. The metal base of the market structure has now been weakened, leading to the collapse during the rainstorm.

A three (3) member team of district officials of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) under its Director, Mr. Henry Danso immediately visited the market to assess the extent of damage caused by the rainstorm. In an interview with our newsteam, the District NADMO Boss described the disaster as unfortunate, adding that the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area and his regional NADMO outfit have all been briefed on the situation.

The DCE for the area, Hon. Comfort Akua Atta confirmed the incident, saying the District Assembly would take the urgent and needed steps to fix the problem. She also appealed to other individuals and organizations including NADMO to assist in this regard so as to as she put it, ‘bring back these sheds’ for use by the traders and market women.

Hon. Atta described the Tapa Abotoase market as the ‘heartbeat’ of the Assembly, in that, the market generates a chunk of the Assembly’s Internally Generated Fund (IGF) for development. Ithank God no casualty has been recorded; we need to fix this problem immediately’, Hon. Atta intimated.

Credit: Akukorku Media Consult

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