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Rainstorm destroys 77 houses, displaces 412 people at Kpetoe

A SEVERE rainstorm on Independence Day destroyed 77 houses at Kpetoe and nearby Agbesia, in the Agotime-Ziope District of the Volta Region, displacing 412 people.

Some school blocks and the Kpetoe Roman Catholic Church have also been affected by the storm, which occurred between 5pm and 6pm.

Meanwhile, the Volta Regional office of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) had made it clear that it was not in position to respond immediately to the needs of the survivors of the adversity.

“We have sent an initial report to our head office in Accra and requested some relief items and we hope to hear from them soon,” said the Regional Director of NADMO, Mr Divine Bosson.

He told the Ghanaian Times here at the weekend that the estimated cost of the damage, so far stood at, GH¢51,000, adding that the damage assessment was still ongoing.

According to Mr Bosson, the displaced persons included 78 male adults, 110 female adults, 114 male children and 110 female children.

“This is not the only disaster we have had in the past two weeks,” revealed the regional NADMO director.

He said that in all 15 districts and municipalities had their share of extensive damage to structures under severe weather conditions.

For instance, Mr Bosson mentioned Battor in the North Tongu District and its surroundings, which were hit by a similar rainstorm a fortnight ago with extensive damage to houses, and the Nkwanta South municipality in the Oti Region, which was afflicted by a fire incident and disastrous rains a week ago.

Meanwhile, he revealed that rainstorms have wrecked structures in Krachi-West District and also caused serious damage to facilities at the Have Technical School in the Afadzato District.

Mr Bosson appealed to churches, public spirited organisations and individuals to support NADMO in various ways to attend to the displaced persons.

“For now, we need at least 200 consignments of roofing sheets to re-roof some of the affected houses in Kpetoe,” he told the Ghanaian Times.

FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, KPETOE

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