Windstorm destroys 150 homes, leaves 2 000 people homeless, Ghana

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More than 2 000 people are homeless after intense windstorm hit the small town of Zabzugu, capital of Zabzugu-Tatale in the Northern Region of north Ghana on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

The storm destroyed 152 houses, 4 schools and three churches in seven communities. The roofs of some structures have been ripped off and in others, they have been leveled, local media reported. 

The vulnerable, including pregnant women, babies, and children have received no support and no protection from the weather more than 36 hours after the event, Myjoyonline.com said.

Damage after windstorm hits Zabzungu, Ghana on March 15, 2018. Credit: District Chief Executive of Zabzugu Ahamed Abubakari Iddrisu

Damage after windstorm hits Zabzungu, Ghana on March 15, 2018. Credit: District Chief Executive of Zabzugu Ahamed Abubakari Iddrisu

Authorities said Zabzungu is susceptible to severe weather damage. In August 2015, March 2016, February 2017 and again March 2018, heavy torrential rains left communities in need of shelter, food, and clothing, GhanaWeb reports.

Most of the people living in Zabzungu are farmers and their main product is Yam.

Featured image: Damage after windstorm hits Zabzungu, Ghana on March 15, 2018. Credit: District Chief Executive of Zabzugu Ahamed Abubakari Iddrisu

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