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Tamale Assembly Sets Up Fund For Rainstorm Victims

2007-04-25 12:58:50
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An Emergency Relief Fund has been launched by the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly to solicit funds to assist over one million people affected by the storm, that hit the metropolis at the weekend.

Mohammed Amin Adam, the Metropolitan Assembly Chief Executive, who launched the fund on Monday, said damage caused by the storm was devastating and beyond the capacity of the assembly and has therefore appealed to philanthropists, NGOs, and stakeholders to go to the aid of the victims.

The displaced victims some of whom have lost all belongings, are currently putting up with friends and relatives.

Records as at 11:35 am on Monday, indicated that more than 500 private homes had either completely collapsed or had their roofs ripped off. Besides, 30 schools and other educational facilities have also been affected by the storm.

Government bungalows, streetlights, and supermarkets in the metropolis were also affected by the storm and also resulted in total darkness and scarcity of water in the metropolis as most of the electricity transformers were blown off thus making power supply impossible.

According to officials of Volta River Authority (VRA), it would take a week or two to restore the damaged transformers, so as to restore power to the dwellers.

The metropolis has also been cut off from the rest of the world as Areeba and other telecommunications networks have been affected.

Mr. Amin Adam described the situation as a national disaster, lamenting that people in the metropolis would be doomed if nothing was done immediately to arrest the situation.

The MCE announced that an account has been opened at the Standard Chartered Bank, Tamale branch into which people who wish to assist victims of the storm could lodge their donations.

He also announced that from Accra assistance could be channelled through Peace FM, Joy FM, GBC, Radio Gold, and Citi FM. Those in Kumasi can donate through the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council, while those in Tamale can either donate through the radio stations and the Tamale Metropolitan offices.

source: Times

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