Source: Listowel Aboagye Dacosta
At least 40 residents of Bukuruso in the Twifo-Hemang Lower Denkyira district of the central region have been rendered homeless owing to a torrential rainfall last Friday, 27th November 2020 which birthed heavy flooding in the community. The nearby river overflowed its banks and entered the community and caused this disaster. The victims include children, women, teachers, the aged, and the New Patriotic Party’s polling station Chairman.
The rain which lasted for about 3 hours started approximately from 1 pm to 4 pm according to the residents of Bukuruso flooded almost the entire community which swept away many valuable belongings of the dwellers, such as clothes, furniture, television sets, mobile phones, tablets, refrigerators, teachers notebooks, mattresses, students’ learning materials, a huge undisclosed amount of cash including houses and the church building owned by the “African Faith Church”.
Speaking with the residents who were woefully trashed by this tragic occurrence, they disclosed that since the existence of the Bukuruso community, they have never witnessed any disaster of this magnitude in the area until last Friday. They hinted that many are those who are currently being housed in the church buildings and classrooms. They added that those who were not affected by this calamity are now being compelled to accommodate the homeless residents which according to the people has facilitated human congestion in the various homes and rooms.
The residents appealed to the government through the Twifo-Hemang Lower Denkyira district NADMO directorate to as a matter of urgency come to their aid.
Hon. Frederick Michael Asare as the Assemblymember for the Bukuruso Abetim electoral area in the Twifo-Hemang Lower Denkyira district also explained that the flood has collapsed at least four houses in the community leaving many other homes uncomfortable to live in. Hon. Frederick stated categorically that no formal report has been made to the Twifo-Hemang Lower Denkyira district NADMO department of the assembly. He bemoaned that series of similar disasters have occurred in the area which was formally reported to the department but no assistance was provided to support the victims at the time so he finds it irrational to report this disaster to the NADMO.