A heavy rainstorm has hit the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region, causing extensive damage to economic trees and homes in the area. The storm, which occurred recently, has left many residents devastated as their only source of livelihood has been destroyed.
Shea, Dawadawa, Baobab, Acacia, and other trees have been uprooted or had their branches destroyed. The Zanlerigu Junior High School also lost two of its trees to the storm. For the most part, women in the community have been hit hardest by the destruction of these economic trees. Many of them rely heavily on these trees to generate income to support their families through the sale of Shea nuts, dawadawa, and the leaves and fruits of the Baobab.
According to some of the residents, the loss of these trees threatens their livelihoods since they depend on them for food and income. The destruction of the trees is a big blow to the residents who have been working hard to improve their economic situation.
While the rainstorm may seem like a natural disaster, many locals believe it is a result of climate change caused by human activities. Deforestation and other human activities that damage the environment have resulted in more frequent and intense weather events such as rainstorms.
The continuous cutting down of trees for firewood, charcoal, and building purposes contributed to the recent rainstorm, according to some residents. The community is gradually becoming like a desert, and if care is not taken, the worst could happen to them.
The devastation caused by the rainstorm highlights the need for more action to mitigate the effects of climate change. The government, NGOs, and other stakeholders must come together to help the affected communities and find sustainable solutions to address the underlying causes of environmental degradation. In a nutshell, the destruction of economic trees is a significant loss for the residents of Nabdam District, and there is an urgent need for action to prevent future occurrences.