6,000 Rendered Homeless
A continuous heavy downpour in the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District of the Northern Region has rendered hundreds of residents homeless and destroyed property running into thousands of Ghana cedis.
A number of farmlands have been submerged in water while some communities have been cut off from the District Capital as most roads leading to these communities have been rendered impassable by flooding waters.
According Sugri Wuni, the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo district coordinator of National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) about 805 houses were either partly or completely pulled down, rendering 5,992 residents homeless.
He disclosed to DAILY GUIDE that no death or casualty had been recorded but indicated that about 11 communities including Bindi, Najon, Bunkpurugu, Yunyoo, Mozio and Gbingaani were the worst affected areas.
However, DAILY GUIDE learnt that a pregnant woman was killed by the floods which swept through some communities on Saturday.
According to the NPP Member of Parliament for Bunkprugu, Solomon Boah, the said pregnant woman bled to death due to inaccessibile nature of the road linking Bunkprugu to the Nalerigu Baptist Medical Centre in the East Mamprusi district.
Over 538 farmlands, he disclosed, with crops at various levels of cultivation had been destroyed, expressing fear over a looming famine in the area.
In the interim, the NADMO official stated that displaced persons were putting up in school buildings in the area and appealed to central government to immediately come to their aid as more people were being displaced.
Meanwhile, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Philip Laari, who visited the affected communities to assess the extent of damage, described the situation as worrisome and pledged government’s support for the displaced individuals.
He appealed to benevolent organizations to come to the aid of the almost 6000 residents while his outfit awaits a response of a distress call sent to central government.
Meanwhile, meteorologists have predicted torrential rains in the region in the wake of plans by authorities of neighbouring Burkina to open the spillways of the dreaded Bagri dam which always compounds the flooding situation of the north.
From Stephen Zoure
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