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Misery zooms in on Zabzugu; 2,000 stranded 36hrs after rainstorm

Torrential rains in Zabzugu in the Northern region have left behind a tale of misery, distress and worsening poverty, leaving more than 2,000 residents displaced.

More than 36 hours since the Thursday night rainstorm, the vulnerable, including pregnant women, babies, and children have received no support and no protection from the weather, Myjoyonline.com has learnt.

Counting the extent of damage, the District Assembly says 152 houses, four schools and three churches in seven communities had their buildings destroyed in varying degrees.

The roofs of some structures have been ripped off and in others, they have been levelled.

“The whole house is gone. We don’t have anywhere to sleep again. If we don’t get help from anywhere ‘massa’, we are stranded”, a man pleaded for support.

Another lamented, his maize farm has also been destroyed.

District Chief Executive of Zabzugu Ahamed Abubakari Iddrisu told Joy News Saturday “there is no luxury of time” especially for the schools that have been destroyed.

Photo: District Chief Executive of Zabzugu Ahamed Abubakari Iddrisu interacts with some students

Officials of the National Disaster Management organization are yet to attend to the victims.

Zabzugu has been susceptible to severe damages caused by strong weather conditions.

In August 2015, March 2016, February 2017 and again March 2018, heavy torrential rains left communities in need of shelter, food, and clothing.

Government support can take several days in a community where poverty remains acute. The Northern Region has the largest number of poor people of any of Ghana’s ten regions (1.3 million), a UN report has found.

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