Rampaging bushfire destroys property in Afram Plains


Rampaging bushfire destroys property in Afram Plains

31 January 2014

published by www.businessghana.com


Ghana — Seventeen households made up of 32 rooms were burnt down to ashes at the Adrome community in the Fasso Ghator area of Kwahu Afram Plains District when bushfire swept through the village

Personal effects, farming tools and stored grains valued at over 29,000 Ghana edis were destroyed .

Among the items burnt included fishing nets, outboard motors, knap sack spraying machines, large stock of food items including bags of rice, maize, groundnuts and bags of dried pepper.

Over 90 people including women and children who were displaced are now putting up

with relatives.

The District Chief Executive for Kwahu Afram Plains North, Mr Emil Windham

Affram, has visited the community to sympathize with them.

On behalf of the District Assembly and the National Disaster Management Organization Mr Affram presented plastic plates and cups, lanterns, torch lights,mosquito nets, mosquito coils and T-shirts to the fire victims.

He said information been sent to the Eastern Regional Coordinating Council and

the Regional Minister was working around the clock to get some relief items to them.

A spokesperson for the community, Mr Kwasi Anane Dortsumu, said on January 20 a bush fire was detected coming towards the village.

He said because of the intensity of the bushfire, the members of the community suspected that though the bushfire was far away it could reach the village and so the men in the village were mobilized to put off the bushfire.

He said while they were trying to put off the fire, the wind blew some sparks from

the fire over their heads to the village.

Mr Dortsomu said they were still trying to control the bushfire when the women in

the village came to inform them that their houses in the village were on fire and so they ran to the village but by the time they got there, the fire had torched many of the houses and due to its intensity, nobody could salvage any property.

He said about 40,000 Ghana cedis collected by the community Susu Scheme the previous day and was being held by one of them to be sent to bank was also burnt.
 


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