Ten people lost their lives following last Monday’s floods.
According to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), the 10 were from the Central, Volta and Greater Accra Regions.
“We’ve lost ten lives across the country. If I say across the country meaning Greater Accra, Volta and Central Region,” Deputy Director-General of NADMO, Abu Ramadan, disclosed on Citi TV’s current affairs show, The Point of View.
He said six people died in Accra, three in the Volta Region and one in the Central Region.
He noted that the worst affected areas were Teshie and Kisseman, all in Accra.
“Where we had the worst cases were around the Teshie and Kisseman-Dome-Kwabenya areas. The damage was huge,” Abu Ramadan said, adding that a lot of properties were also destroyed by the flood.
Mr. Ramadan also said one woman died in Teshie while two others got drowned in Kisseman during the downpour.
“In Kisseman for instance, a woman got stacked on a tree for close to three hours because we couldn’t even get to where she was because of the currents and level of water. Our boats even couldn’t power itself there because of the level and the currents of the water,” he added.
Monday’s downpour and aftermath
A downpour on Monday night after several hours of rain, left some parts of Accra flooded.
Several properties were also destroyed in the process.
Dozens of residents in some areas in Accra including Odawna near Circle, were displaced after the downpour that wreaked havoc.
Missing doctor’s body found after Accra floods
Some fishermen close to the Kpeshie Lagoon in Accra on Wednesday found the body of Dr. Ayah Hayfron who went missing after Monday night’s rains that flooded several areas.
Dr. Hayfron died after the strong currents of rushing flood waters carried the salon car she was driving into a drain at a suburb called Rasta, along the Teshie Bush Road in Accra.
Woman, 2 grandkids electrocuted amidst rain in Sokpoe
In the Volta Region, three people died at Sokpoe after they were electrocuted during the rains.
Yaa Gayi and her two grandchildren, Elolo Dofey and Morkporkpor Dofey, who were residents of Morkordze, a suburb of Sokpoe in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region, were electrocuted by a live-wire whose insulation had peeled off.
$700 million needed to end flooding
The Works and Housing Minister, Samuel Atta-Akyea, has said it will cost Ghana over $700 million to effectively and permanently deal with the perennial flooding in the Greater Accra Region alone.
He held that Ghana had the technical expertise to deal with the flooding once and for all but was only in need of funds.
He has in the past indicated that the government had put together a road-map to provide a permanent infrastructure solution to the flooding problem.
But the National Organizer of the NDC, Kofi Adams, believes that developing a new city outside the capital Accra, will help deal with the problem of perennial flooding.
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citinewsroom.com/Ghana