Wednesday, February 4, 2009


A severe rainstorm has hit Sunyani and its environs in the Brong Ahafo Region, ripping off the roofs of some homes and schools and uprooting trees in some places.
No casualty has, however, been reported.
The severest hit structures were the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) barracks on the Sunyani Airport Road near Gold House, which accommodates 12 officers and their families, and the Emeredane Basic School behind the Regional Administration flats that got their entire roofs ripped off.
The storm, which started at about 5.30 p.m., lasted for nearly two hours and was so strong, it also destroyed the personal belongings of many residents including their electrical appliances.
At the Immigration Barracks, some of the officers whose personal belongings had been soaked with rainwater were seen packing some of them to homes of friends and other secure places in the municipality.
According to some of the affected officers, they had closed from work and were in their rooms when the storm started and before they could do anything the strong wind had ripped off the roof of a section of the building that accommodated six officers and their families.
The officers told the Daily Graphic that they were desperate and did not know what to do, since they did not have any relatives or friends in town whom they could put up with for the night, adding that the barracks was initially to accommodate six officers and their families but was being occupied by 12 officers and their families.
They, therefore, appealed to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to go to their aid and appealed to the Immigration Service Headquarters in Accra as a matter of urgency to also renovate the barracks to make it more habitable.
At the Emeredane basic schools the schoolchildren who reported to school yesterday were seen loitering because of the situation.
The authorities of the school also appealed for help to re-roof the classrooms to enable classes to resume as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the acting Brong Ahafo Regional Meteorological Officer, Mr Noah Kwasi Asare, has told the Daily Graphic that the sudden change in the weather conditions predicts that the region will experience many rainstorms this year.
Mr Asare, therefore, urged residents in the region to take the necessary precautionary measures during this period to ensure that there were no casualties and damage to properties.
He also advised that during the rainstorms residents should also put off all their electrical gadgets as a result of the thunder and lightning that accompanied the rains, and to also ensure that their children were indoors during such periods.

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