NADMO Abandons Disaster Victims

Over 1,300 displaced residents of Nasia, a farming community in the West Mamprusi District of the Northern Region, would have to endure their current predicament a little longer, as it appears no help is coming from anywhere soon.

The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), which is supposed to come to the aid of the victims of a weekend rainstorm disaster in the area, has stated unequivocally that its stores are empty and that there is no support at the local level to ameliorate the victims’ plight.

DAILY GUIDE has gathered that the regional NADMO has run short of relief items and there is no assurance of restock from the national headquarters to cater for emergencies such as the current one and any future ones.

Last weekend a heavy rainstorm ravaged the community, pulling down the houses of residents and ripping off the roofs of a number of school buildings, compelling authorities to close down the schools.

The rainstorm, which destroyed property running into several thousands of Ghana Cedis, was said to be the first of its kind in the area.

The displaced persons, at the time of DAILY GUIDE’s visit to the place, were compelled to seek shelter in a number of uncompleted structures in the area while awaiting some form of support from NADMO.

Others, it was gathered, had been compelled to travel to the district capital to be accommodated by relations while they explored ways of rebuilding their structures to accommodate their families.

In the interim, local authorities are appealing to benevolent organisations and individuals to come to the aid of the residents, many of whom are currently at the mercy of the bad weather.

The District Chief Executive (DCE), David Wuni, disclosed to journalists during a visit that his office was working to get temporary structures for the victims and reiterated calls on philanthropists, NGOs and agencies to support them with roofing sheets, cement, clothes mattresses and any other relief items to minimise their suffering.

He noted that some affected residents were sleeping in the open and therefore appealed to neighbouring communities to help accommodate them.

From Stephen Zoure, Nasia

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