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24.04.2007 General News



A rainstorm that hit parts of the Bawku municipality on Wednesday dawn has rendered over 200 persons homeless and destroyed properties worth several millions of cedis.
The worse affected areas were Bansi and Kologo, where nearly 40 houses have their roofs rip-off.
The only two schools and corn mills serving both communities together with food barns were also not spared the wrath of the storm.
However, no one sustained any form of injury.
A pathetic spectacle was at Bansi, where an eighty-three year-old, Madam Awinisa Mbugri, who stays alone, had the roof of her four-room house ripped off and had to stay indoors to endure the four-hour downpour.
Mr. Mark-Anthony Awini, Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, who toured the areas to symphatise with affected families, expressed shock at the extent of destruction.
He appealed to the people to embark on tree a planting exercise and desist from cutting down the few trees around to prevent the re-occurrence of such calamities.
Mr. Awini also urged the people to employ qualified artisans and seek proper guidance in their quest to put up houses.
He gave the assurance that he would collaborate with the Assembly, NADMO, NGOs and philanthropists to offer the needed assistance to them.
Mr. Edward Abanga, on behalf of the victims appealed to the MP, the Assembly and NGOs to come to their aid to mitigate their predicament.—GNA