Sizable part of Sembehun Town in Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun District, is now a huge pile of rubble with five houses razed to the ground and nine people seriously wounded following a storm which swept through the area around 11pm Friday 29th April 2010.
Residents of the township said the storm, which lasted for about half an hour was accompanied by a heavy downpour of rain.
A giant Cotton tree crashed down on the five dwelling houses where the nine people were asleep.
They woke up to find themselves trapped in the rubble and had to be rescued. However, no one died, but many sustained serious injuries and had to be rushed to a nearby Health Centre in Taninahun.
Speaking to Awoko the Chiefdom Speaker S.R. Moiguah described the incident as a major disaster as dozens of them are now homeless and destitute residents while Local Chiefs have pleaded with Red Cross and other Humanitarian Organizations for assistance, particularly drugs, building and planting materials, and food items.
The Chiefs further encouraged Pujehun District Council to take the lead in trying to fast track relief assistance to the Community while speaking to this Reporter; Hon PC B.V.S. Kebbie said the necessary follow ups will be made as correspondences have been written to various Humanitarian Organisations.
Local Residents spoken to said they will be grateful if Government can possibly provide assistance as the people can no longer boast of their life long earnings.
By Eason Moiguah