Storm
Storm

About 1,256 people from three communities in the Binduri District in the Upper East Region have been displaced as result of heavy storms that hit the area on Saturday evening.

At least 201 houses were affected by the storm in the Bazua, Bansi, and Kuloko-Gumyoko communities.

The storm ripped-up roofs and pulled down houses as well as public structures including; classroom blocks, Community Health Base Planning Services (CHPS) compound and some churches in the area.

About 57 houses at Bansi, 66 at kuloko-Gumyoko and 78 at Bazua communities were destroyed by the storm, displacing some residents in the communities, while healthcare services and education in the affected communities have come to halt.

Mr Louis Laal-Bador, Acting District Coordinator of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) disclosed this when the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Yakubu Ayinga Abagre, visited the affected areas in the district on Tuesday to see the extent of damage the storm had caused in the district.

Mr Laal-Bador said aside the destruction of homes, about nine people including; women sustained various degrees of injuries from the storm, adding that “a whole wall from a room fell on a woman and her children breaking the mother’s leg.

He said property running to millions of Ghana Cedis were destroyed in the disaster and indicated that the current situation on the victims was unbearable and it would be difficult for some of them to reverse to their normal state.

Mr Daniel Atanga, Assemblyman for the Kuloko-Gumyoko Electoral Area, lamented the state of damage the storm had caused the communities and urged the Assembly and NADMO to expedite actions to relieve the victims from their current state.

He called on philanthropists, Non-Governmental Organisations and development partners to come to the aid of the communities.

Mr Abagre, the DCE on his part assured the victims of the Assembly’s commitment to ensuring that it responded to their immediate needs to relieve them from the trauma.

He said the assembly would soon put the education and health facilities back to work, by re-roofing the affected buildings and re-stocking them to withstand future windstorms in the area.

The DCE later visited some of the affected victims at the hospital and those displaced were putting up with relatives and in other temporal structures to console them.

He urged members of the affected communities to plant trees and use recommended building materials to construct their homes to avoid future disasters.

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