About 600 residents displaced by rainstorm in North Gonja call for help
About 600 residents of Tusungu and Kparia communities, both suburbs of North Gonja District in the Savannah Region, have been displaced by a heavy rainstorm.
Although no casualty was recorded, people’s homes and other personal and public properties were destroyed.
Many of the buildings’ roofs have been ripped off, while foodstuffs and clothes among several other items were all damaged.
Victims from the Tusungu community said they were badly hit and not a single house was left unaffected.
They claimed the disaster, which occurred between the hours 8:00pm and 9:00pm, denied them their usual night rest following the severity of the storm.
At Tusungu, electricity supply to the community has been cut off after the storm destroyed electricity poles, cables and meters.
Some bags of grains, like maize, millet and sorghum, livestock and trees such as shea and Dawa Dawa were equally not spared.
“It occurred in the night and there was no sleep for us because all our rooms have collapsed and no food for us. The clothes that we managed to retrieve are not many because they are trapped inside. We need support from everybody and the government,” one resident Amina Adams pleaded.
In recounting the incident, the Assembly Member for Tunsugu, Abukari Issah, said “it just came at once with thunderstorm strike and wind. As you can see from yourself there is no house in the community (Tusungu) that is not affected.”
According to Mr Issah, the impact is very huge, requiring urgent support for the victims to survive.
He appealed to the government and NGOs and the public to intervene with any form of support to enable them house the affected victims in school structures.
While sympathizing with the victims, Member of Parliament of Daboya/Mankarigo, Asei Seni said he has tasked officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation, NADMO to conduct a proper assessment of the level of destruction to enable his office and the district assembly assist the victims.
“I sympathize with the chiefs and the people. NADMO will do a proper assessment and give a report and based on that report, we will be able to come up with what is needed.”
“Whatever NADMO, the district assembly and I will gather, we must do that quickly to bring life back in the community. For now, I know the need for shelter, food and clothes and that’s what we must work on,” Mr Seni noted.