The Ghana Meteorological Agency is urging people living in waterways and those homeless to seek shelter elsewhere as the country moves to the peak of this year’s rainy season.
Four people have so far lost their lives in the Ashanti Region after torrential rains flooded parts of the Regional Capital Kumasi and it’s environs. Property running into thousands of Ghana Cedis have also been destroyed.
According to Head of Forecasting at the Ghana Meteorological Agency, Joseph Tetteh Portuphy, such persons can return after some time when the rains subside.
“Since we are in the peak of the raining season, what we want to say is that those of us who know where we live is flood prone, we’d ask that they move to higher grounds or get some higher grounds or get some relatives and stay with them until the rain subsides and they can come back to their homes. Because once you’re living there and the rain comes, there will be flash floods and it can destroy your property if not take your life in addition,” he stressed.
Two-year-old Mohammed Awal was carried away by floodwaters in Sawaba in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday 22nd June. The rains also flooded the newly built ultramodern Kejetia market even as traders defy the rains and attempted to salvage their property.
On Sunday 27th June, three people were found dead after the rains receded in the Ashanti Region. Police and NADMO also picked up the dead body of a man believed to be in his thirties at Aboabo Pelelee in the Ashanti Region.
In Accra, major parts of the nation’s capital were submerged after floodwaters from choked drains overflowed their borders and took over major roads blocking vehicular flow.
Teshie, Kasoa and parts of Haatso were among the worst affected areas. At Teshie, residents are counting their losses as they blame and an ongoing project in the area for the situation.