The Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong, has urged the public to pay attention to warnings and forecasts by the Ghana Meteorological Agency on adverse weather conditions, to safeguard against destructions.
According to the Minister, Ghanaians have often than not turned deaf ears to the warnings and have had to deal with the consequences of their actions when the disasters struck.
He passed the comment when he visited victims of rainstorm destructions in the Akim Oda Constituency on Tuesday April 6, 2021 and was speaking to Journalists about the destructions.
He said: “We heard of the rainstorm destructions and came down to observe for ourselves the damages it has caused. By God’s grace no life has been lost, but there has been great destruction here.
“I believe this serves as a lesson to us. Often, we hear announcements being made by the weather forecasting company about imminent weather conditions to protect lives. We should listen to them when they caution us. We have to always be on guard.” he added.
The Minister noted however that though it is not a new phenomenon experienced in the constituency, the magnitude of the current storm’s destruction has been far greater.
“In the seasons of Easter, we often experience rainstorms like this, but the damages caused by this very one has been overwhelming,” he said.
On Monday April 5, it was reported that the rainstorm had buffeted lives and properties in the Akim Oda Constituency.
Consequently, some number of people have been displaced while others who have sustained various degrees of injuries in the course of the storm have been admitted and attended to at a hospital in the constituency, according to the Member of Parliament for the constituency, Alexander Akwasi Acquah.
In addition, over 200 state and individual properties including houses, cars, a radio station mast, shops, stalls, billboards, among others were destroyed in the process.