Severe rainstorm causes havoc at Agona

A severe rainstorm which hit Duakwa and Nsaba on Friday has rendered at least 100 people homeless, and destroyed property valued at thousands of Ghana Cedis.

The most affected buildings include the Agona Duakwa Islamic Junior High School (JHS), Agona Nsaba Presbyterian Junior High School, houses and electrical cables belonging to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) at Nsaba.

The displaced persons are putting up with their relatives and friends at Agona Duakwa.
Mr. John Oremus Arkoh, Agona East District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Emmanuel Amertiefio, Agona East District Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation, (NADMO) and Mr. J. K. Abban, Chairman of the Agona East Constituency of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), visited the area on Saturday to acquaint themselves with the extent of the damage caused, and also sympathise with the victims.

The DCE directed the NADMO Directorate to submit a report on the didaster to the Assembly within two days for the necessary action to be taken. At the Duakwa Islamic and Nsaba Presbyterian Junior High Schools, six classrooms each had their roofs blown away. The team also inspected a cocoa shed at Mensakrom, whose roof was also ripped off by the storm. Mrs. Lydia Atefah, Produce Buying Company Officer in charge of the Mensakrom Depot told the DCE and his entourage that more than 100 bags cocoa beans, which were ready to be sent to the big depot at the Agona Swedru Regional Office, were soaked by the rain.

At the Nsaba Presbyterian JHS, Mr. Asare Obeng, the Headteacher, told them that the roof of a classroom with more than 40 pupils was blown off, and this would make teaching and learning very difficult.

The team later had discussions with the Nsaba Presbyterian Church leaders on how best the children at the creche could be relocated, to enable the over 40 JHS students to be temporarily housed in the place, in order not to disturb their studies.

The DCE said the Ghana Education Trust Fund GETFund was constructing a three classroom-block with offices and a store, at the cost of GH¢70,000 for the Duakwa Islamic JHS. He said he hoped that when the building is completed, it would resolve some of the difficulties facing the school, adding that presently, the school would be housed at the former JSS workshop. The DCE later inspected the six classrooms at the Nsaba Presbyterian Senior High School under construction, reshaping of feeder roads from Agona Duakwa to Akwakwaa, a footbridge over River Ayensu, and six a classroom-block with office and a store for the Islamic Primary at Mankrong-Junction.

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