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One dead in Jacobu rainstorm disaster

A 37-year-old man has reportedly died after being washed away by rainwaters at Jacobu in the Amansie Central District of the Ashanti Region.

The heavy rainstorm reportedly caused the collapse of several facilities in the district.

According to residents, the deceased, identified as Kwabena Emma, was swept away by a heavy flood on Sunday, April 21, 2024.

Some residents revealed that Kwabena was taking shelter in front of a shop but decided to go home despite the rains that did not cease for hours.

Jacobu Senior High Technical School
Jacobu Senior High Technical School

 

They added that Kwabena Emma fell and drowned in a huge gutter in the area while on his way home, leading to his death.

The rainstorm has also destroyed the roofing of the technical block of Jacobu Senior High Technical School.

Jacobu Senior High Technical School
Jacobu Senior High Technical School

 

The boys’ dormitory of the school is also affected, displacing hundreds of students in the process.

Meanwhile, the District Chief Executive for Amansie Central, Michael Donkor, described the situation as worrying.

He assured the affected victims, particularly the school, of the assembly’s support.

Further, he called on benevolent groups and individuals to support the assembly in its quest to provide relief for the affected students.

Floods continue to wreak havoc across the country.

In a similar situation, one person died, and over 100 homes were destroyed by a rainstorm in Yepala, a farming community in the Sawla District of the Savannah Region.

The deceased, identified as Baba and believed to be in his 80s, was killed when his house collapsed on him during the storm.

Information gathered indicated that the heavy rainstorm impacted several government institutions, including schools and clinics in the community.

The storm also destroyed the chief’s palace.

On March 2, 2024, an almost two-hour downpour ripped off the roof of about seven classrooms and soaked learning materials in the Ejisu Senior High and Technical School in the Ashanti Region.

The Ejisu Krapa Basic School and Ejisu Experimental Basic Schools were also not spared.

Again, on March 21, 2024, a rainstorm ripped off the roof of the Oti Boateng Senior High School’s girl’s dormitory at Koforidua in the Eastern region, displacing over 200 students and soaking up learning materials.

When the students were going to take their supper, they realized that a heavy storm followed the rains, sending roofing sheets flying all over the campus and even to the roads and nearby houses.

Upon further investigation, the students realized that the roofs of the girls’ dormitory had come off, resulting in the total flooding of the dormitory, thereby destroying books, other learning materials, beds, and other personal valuables of the students.

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