Posted: Wednesday 30th April 2014 at 12:42 pm

Severe rainstorm hits Tamale

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A severe rainstorm that hit some parts of the Tamale metropolis last Monday left in its trail substantial destruction of property and rendered many people homeless.

The plight of some of the stranded victims was worsened with more rains on Tuesday.

Parts of the official residence of the Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini, and the palace of the Chief of Tamale were among the houses damaged in the rainstorm. 

 
 Destruction
The rainstorm, which started about 6:30 p.m., ripped off roofs, uprooted trees and pulled down houses and also damaged the roofing of five schools and a health post.

In all, about 100 houses were affected. 
In some of the communities, electric poles and wires were destroyed, throwing those areas into periods of darkness.

Among the severely hit suburbs are Kobilmahigu and Fuo, where about 30 houses were affected, Kukuo, Lamashegu and Gumani.

 
Casualties
The Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Abdul-Hanan Gundadow, and Alhaji Fuseini toured the affected communities to ascertain the level of damage and commiserate with the victims. 

 According to the mayor, officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) had been tasked to take inventory of the property destroyed and the number of victims affected for early intervention.

He described the level of destruction to buildings and property as “massive” and, therefore, appealed for immediate intervention from NADMO and other stakeholders to complement the assembly’s efforts at ameliorating the plight of the victims.

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