Thursday, May 7, 2009


ONE person, said to be a child, was injured, and about 200 buildings including schools, were damaged when a severe rainstorm hit Aboaso and Ntonsu, two close communities in the Kwabre District of the Ashanti Region last Friday evening.
At least, 350 people were rendered homeless and they have made a passionate appeal to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to come to their aid.
Among the affected schools were; the Gyaama Pensan Senior Secondary/Technical School, Nana Asante Gyapong R/C Primary and Junior High Schools, the Islamic School and the Holy Quoran School all at Aboaso, and the Adventist Girls Senior High School where the roof of the dormitory block was ripped off.
The devastation at the Gyaama Pensan School was so serious that almost all the buildings had their roofing ripped off. School documents were not left out.
Final year boarding students, as of last Saturday, were struggling to have a place to lay their heads.
The most affected part of the town was Zongo, where a number of houses had their roofing destroyed.
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the assembly member of the Kubease Electoral Area at Aboaso, Mr Owusu Asiedu, said the people were in a very serious situation, which called for prompt attention from the authorities.
He indicated that NADMO officials from the district assembly had inspected the damage caused and the people were awaiting their response.
Commenting on the situation, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwabre East, Mr Kofi Frimpong, expressed his sympathy with the victims and called for government’s intervention to rehabilitate the effected school buildings.
Mr Frimpong said he had acquired a number of seedlings from the forestry department for distribution to schools for planting and urged communities that needed some of the seedlings to contact him.
The MP also urged prospective developers to contact professional persons to undertake the jobs instead of relying on inexperienced hands.

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