Rainstorm Renders 400 Homeless

The Apagya RC Primary School building affected by storm

Four hundred people have been rendered homeless and six injured and subsequently hospitalized after rainstorm hit two districts in the Ashanti Region at the weekend.

The injured included Pastor Bernard Boakye of Apagya Assemblies of God Church in the Adansi South District and a 105-year-old granny, Madam Afi Afiedenyo of Nyankomase near Aboabo No. 2 in the Adansi North District.

The four others were a woman and her three children who were injured by a falling tree Saturday night at Ataase Nkwanta near New Edubiase.

The Assemblies of God pastor was injured on the head when he was hit by a roofing sheet after the windstorm had ripped off a portion of the church building’s roof.

‘He is currently on admission at the New Edubiase Government Hospital,’ Robert Gyamasi, Adansi South District NADMO Coordinator told DAILY GUIDE.

He added that the Ataase Nkwanta storm victims were on admission at a health centre in the community.

Old lady Afiedenyo was injured after a windstorm blew off the roof of her house and caused part of it to collapse on her around 4:00 pm on Sunday, Francis Kwakye, Assemblyman of the area said.

He maintained that the storm, which ferried across the entire Adansi Traditional Area, also brought down five electricity poles and a transformer, and caused a total of five houses to collapse at Nyankomase.

Roofs of 21 buildings at Adansi Atobiase, 18 at Apagya and 16 at Nyankomase, including Apagya R/C Primary School classroom blocks, Evangelist Temple Church and Apagya Assemblies of God’s Church, were ripped off, the NADMO Coordinator indicated.

He disclosed that 160 bags of fertilizer and six bags of cocoa belonging to the Produce Buying Company at Apagya were destroyed by the heavy rains that followed the windstorm.

Textbooks, two computers and printed examination questions for pupils of the Apagya R/C Primary School were also ruined by the storms, headmaster, Peter Owusu, recounted to the NADMO boss.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that fallen-down trees blocked many roads which compelled commercial transport operators to temporarily suspend their services.

The Nyankomase Assemblyman said a pregnant sheep died after a roofing sheet ripped through its abdomen, adding that a woman and her child escaped death after narrowly missing flying roofing sheets that charged dangerously at them.

From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi

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