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Rainstorms victims in Tamale seek shelter from relatives


Victims of last Thursday 28 June , 2012 rainstorm in the Tamale Metropolis are still counting their losses amidst difficulties in laying their heads.
The rainstorm which lasted for almost twelve hours (12hrs) local time rendered many people homeless in flood prone areas in the metropolis.  Some of Victims in the worst affected areas like Sakasaka, Kukuo, Jisonayili, Gumani, Wurishie Moshie Zongo and Kanveli-Tuunayili  are  seeking shelter with relatives and friends.
At the popular Hotel in Tamale called Gariba Lodge along Tama-Bolgatanga road, a school pupil was carried away by gashing water. As at time Zaa News visited the area, an eye-witness told our news team that, a motorbike rider refused to heed to onlookers advice and was also swept by the running water.

This is the second disastarous rainstorm this farming season after several appeals by some residents to city authorities to put in place preventive measures to curb the unfortunate incident.
Some of the affected people who spoke to Zaa News said they are considering relocating from the place they describe as “water log’’ areas.  Meanwhile, Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Moses Bukari Mabengba who was out of the metropolis to inaugurate the Tatale/Sanuli District, on Friday led a government delegation to the affected areas to assess the extent of the damage.
Among the delegation were the Roads and Highway Minister and his Deputy, officials of NADMO and the Mayor of Tamale, Alhaji Abdulai Haruna Friday. Speaking at Wurishie one of the affected communities, Mr Mabengba regretted for the incident and appealed to the flood victims to remain calm while government takes steps to provide relief items.
The minister also tasked the Mayor of Tamale Alhaji Haruna Friday to, as a matter of urgency, get immediate support for the victims to relieve them from their current difficulties. On his   part, the Road and Transport Minister Joe Gidisu assured that a mobile team from the ministry would soon dispatch to the northern region to work on the drainage system in the Tamale metropolis.
Electricity is yet to be restored to some of the affected communities.  Some residents who spoke to Zaa News blamed the situation on indiscriminate throwing of waste into gutters and disregard of town and country planing  warning not to build on water ways.
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