General News Fri, 5 Apr 2019
One person has been reported dead and several houses damaged following a rainstorm that hit the Kintampo North Municipality of Bono East Region.This is the only death recorded so far in a rainstorm that hit parts of the nation leading to the destruction of properties worth thousands of cedis.
Several houses and some stores at the Kintampo Market were destroyed and 13 persons also sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the Kintampo Government Hospital.
In the Northern Region, hundreds of residents have been rendered homeless at Kulnyavilla in the Sagnerigu municipality after the storm.
When Citi News visited Kulnyavilla this morning, some affected residents were seen outside in the open with their belongings.
The rain had left foodstuff such as cassava, maize and flour were also soaked children in the affected homes unable to go to school.
In an interview with Citi News, affected residents said they had sought shelter from friends and families.
Alimah Alhassan is one of the affected residents recalled: “We ran to the room When the rain started. While in the room, we saw the roof lifting up by the wind so we ran out and stood in the rain till it was over. It has destroyed our food items, monies and clothes, in fact, everything of ours.”
Another resident Fati Alhassan said she was unable to salvage and foodstuff and appeals for help. “We could not pick anything, the rain-soaked all our foodstuffs. We need support ” she appealed.
Jirapa appeals to NADMO
In the Jirapa municipality of the Upper West Region, at least one person was injured and some 200 persons displaced. About 30 houses were destroyed by the storm.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Jirapa, Christine Bomannye Amadu, in an interview with Citi News, appealed to NADMO and benevolent individuals and institutions to urgently come to the aid of the affected persons.
“We are faced with a serious disaster. Those who are displaced cannot get shelter or even food. We badly need help and whoever that can support will be highly appreciated.”
The Jirapa municipal director of the NADMO, Nuhu Abdul-Jalilu, however, said his outfit was unable to come to the aid of the affected victims.
“We don’t have any relief items in our wear house right now. So there is little we can do to support the victims. I have forwarded the reports to the regional office and we are waiting for their response “.
Total blackout in Ashanti
The storm caused significant disruption in Kumasi on Thursday evening. Parts of the city flooded.
One person was trapped in his vehicle after a giant billboard fell on it at Afful-Nkwanta in Kumasi.
Eyewitnesses say, two people — the wife and child of the trapped victim — were rescued and rushed to the hospital.
The downpour also caused a total blackout in the city.