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3,014 people in 7 districts displaced by torrential rain in the northern region; gov’t starts distributing relief items


imageStatistics from the Northern Regional Directorate of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) indicate that over 3,014 people in seven districts have been affected by the recent torrential rain that hit the region.

The affected districts are; Tamale metropolis-934 households from 11 communities, Sagnarigu district-850 from five communities and Bunkpurgu-151 from six communities. The rest are Karaga-800 from eight communities and North Gonja 279 also from eight communities.

Alhaji Mahama Abdulai Mahama Silimboma, the Northern Regional Coordinator of NADMO, disclosed this to Zaa News when APSONIC motors company presented used clothing and 200 rain coats to assist the victims in Tamale.

Alhaji Silimboma urged residents to stop building on water ways and cutting down trees, warning of the dire consequences if the practice continued, and describing the recent floods as man-made and not a natural disaster. He commended the organization for being the first to come to the aid of the victims.

The General Manager of APSONIC Motors in the northern region, Alhaji Abdul Rashid Adam said the presentation forms part of their corporate social responsibility and called on other organizations to support the victims.

Alhaji Abdul Rashid said the company is extending its support to the other two regions of the north which has been affected by the disaster.

Meanwhile, government has presented some relief items to be distributed to some of the flood victims in the Tamale metropolis. The Regional NADMO coordinator handed over the items to the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, Abdul Rahman Hanan Gundadow.

The items included, 50 pieces of mattresses, 60 blankets, 200 pieces of mosquito nets, 10 mosquito cartons, and plastics among others.

The Tamale Mayor said the items are meant to show compassion to the affected households. He promised that NADMO and the government are working hard to provide more relief items to ameliorate their sufferings.

Urban and Feeder roads tasked for proper drainage system

The urban and feeder roads department of the assembly according to the Tamale mayor has been tasked to ensure that there is proper drainage system to direct running water away from homes.

He also advised landlords to seek the necessary guidance from the assembly so that together with the town planning department will ensure that buildings springing up in the metropolis are able to withstand floods.

The mayor also appealed to Chiefs and land owners within TaMA to work with the assembly through the statutory planning committee anytime they intend doing skinnes.

The committee, he explained, will provide the necessary technical advice to prevent the perennial flooding in the area.

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