The government has presented relief items to the Mion District Assembly in the Northern Region for distribution to victims of last Tuesday’s rainstorm disaster at Sang, the district capital.
The items include 50 packets of roofing sheets, eight packets of roofing nails, 200 buckets, 100 basins, 500 drinking cups and plates each.
The rest are 30 bags of rice, 50 bags of maize, 20 cartons of cooking oil, 30 cartons of soap, five cartons of mosquito coil, five cartons of matches, 150 blankets, 100 mosquito nets and four bales of used clothing.
According to a situational report on the disaster issued by the Northern Regional directorate of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), 98 houses were damaged while 701 people were rendered homeless.
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The report further gave the breakdown of the victims as 108 men, 171 women, 203 male children and 219 female children, totalling 701. It added that the storm also damaged a public toilet, teachers' quarters, the office of the district directorate of agriculture and a school.
The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, accompanied by the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Mion, Mr Dan Mankandan, and the Northern Regional NADMO Co-ordinator, Alhaji Mahama Abdulai Silimboma, inspected some of the damaged facilities, including the Sang Chief's palace.
Alhaji Limuna, who presented the items, admonished the assembly to ensure that only victims of the storm benefitted from it.
He commended the assembly and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Dr Ahmed Alhassan Yakubu, who is also a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, for taking their own initiatives to solicit additional support for the victims.
He advised the people to plant trees in their communities to serve as windbreaks to prevent such disasters from recurring. The minister also entreated them to use quality building materials and professional artisans in constructing their homes.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Mankandan expressed appreciation to the government for the swift response and pledged his personal involvement in the distribution of the items.