A heavy rainstorm has made about two-hundred (200) residents from some forty-five (45) different households in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region homeless. Coverghana.com.gh has gathered.
The rainstorm which occurred on Thursday, 4th March, 2021, around 3:00pm has destroyed a lot of properties, ripped off roofs of many buildings, collapsed some buildings, individual homes and public places especially schools within the South Tongu District.
The disaster has made residents of the affected communities homeless, compel some of them to sleep under trees and open place at night. Fortunately, there has been no casualties, but the residents need support to survive.
Narrating the issue to Coverghana.com.gh, a resident called madam Awuna said “we were in the room where a heavy rainstorm from nowhere ripped off their building. After the incident, we don’t have any place to sleep, our properties were damaged by the storm, and the rain also destroyed our food stuffs. We don’t have any place to go. We don’t have money to buy the building materials aswell.”
The residents are therefore appealing to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government to support them with some building materials to put up their building back to shape.
The affected individuals have also appealed to the Member of Parliament Hon. Wisdom Kobena Mensah Woyome, the District Chief Executive Hon. Emmanuel Louis Agama, the National Disaster Management Organization and other stakeholders to assist them with some relief items since the storm has damaged the little food they have gathered for the season. “We need food to eat, the storm has devastated us.” They explained.
The Member of Parliament for South Tongu Constituency who toured the affected communities to ascertain the damage caused by the storm expressed worry and disappointment in the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) for being irresponsible towards the plight of the affected residents in the communities.
Mr. Woyome also jabbed President Nana addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government for being irresponsible. “NADMO as an institution for a very long time has failed abysmally to support communities and residents who face these kind of challenges under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government” He said.
Though, the MP promised to play his part, he said there is a need for government to intervene because the harm is beyond his capacity as an individual.
He also appealed to the residents to make a little effort on their own to sustain the situation while waiting on government to assist them.
“I have observed that, there are no trees in the town to serve as a wind break to prevent the storm from ripping off roofs of buildings. Also, I could see that, the community folks have cut down all the existing trees for charcoal. The more the trees are cut down, the more the place becomes deserted. This practice is bad and must be stopped immediately” He said.
He therefore encouraged the people to plant more trees to serve as wind break in the area. According to him, It will also serve as source of income for self-help initiated projects in the community.
The MP earlier toured some five affected schools within the District to ascertain the effect of the rainstorm. Addressing the media, Kobena Mensah Woyome said, the effect of the rainstorm may cause thousands of Ghana cedis and government’s Intervention is needed.
The affected schools in the District include; Dabala Roman Catholic (R/C) Comboni Basic School, Dabala Evangelical Presbyterian (EP) Basic “B” Kindergarten School, Dzebetato D/A Basic School, Lakpo D/A Kindergarten block, Anyidzekpo D/A Basic School and Agordomi EP Primary School.
Affected communities are; Dzokplenu Dugame, and Dzokplenu Amemorkope, Atitekpo, Wlorto, Agborlikpota, Detsawome, Gbenorkorpe, Dzebetato, Lakpo, Dabala etc.
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