Rainstorm kills boy, destroys properties in Bongo
5/11/2012 12:30:07 AM -
A 17-year-old primary six boy died while many others sustained various degrees of injury when a heavy rainstorm swept through Bongo District of the Upper East Region.
The affected properties include school buildings, the Ayone Primary, Zorko Gamborongo Primary, Kanga Kango Primary, Boko Primary and Awiisi Primary and Junior High Schools, which had their roofs ripped off.
Additionally, over 56 houses and personal effects were also destroyed .Those affected are seeking refuge with relatives and friends.
Conducting newsmen around some of the affected areas, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Bongo, Mr Clement Akugre, expressed worry about the situation and said it would hamper academic work because without the roof, schools would have to close whenever it threatens to rain.
He stated that some of the affected schools experienced similar problems last year and the District Assembly had to spend huge sums of money to rehabilitate them and appealed to the people to plant trees around the schools and houses to serve as windbreaks.
The DCE, who donated 50 packets of roofing sheets and mattresses on behalf of the Assembly to the affected persons, said the measure was interim and that the National Disaster Management Organisation would assess the situation and respond accordingly.
He also visited the parents of the deceased and presented a packet of roofing sheets, one bottle of schnapps and Gh¢500 to them.