Update: NADMO begins rescue mission in Central region flood disaster

Update: NADMO begins rescue mission in Central region flood disaster
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com|Edwin Appiah
Date: 13-06-2016 Time: 12:06:46:pm

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has begun rescue mission in the Central Region following a heavy downpour which claimed at least five lives.

Officials of the organisations are touring the hardest hit areas in the region including the Komenda/Edina/Eguafo/Abirem Municipal Assembly, Joy News' Central Region correspondent Richard Kojo Nyarko reported.

Four days of persistent rains left the Central region in complete disaster with deaths, houses collapsing and properties running into several millions of cedis being destroyed.

The deceased persons included an 8-year-old girl. A man was electrocuted, another was washed away, whilst three were trapped and killed in a collapsed building.

Richard Kwadwo Nyarko explained on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Monday, it has been raining heavily since the showers began last week Thursday.

The rains were accompanied by strong winds, thunderstorms and lightning, forcing schools to close down.

Tragedy first hit Amamoma, a community in Cape Coast near the University of Cape Coast (UCC), where a man stepped on a live electricity cable that had fallen into flood waters. He was electrocuted instantly.

At Kwahenekrom, days of rains last Saturday weakened a building which eventually collapsed on two women and a school girl sitting infront of the house.

On the same day at Atabadze, high velocity flood waters dragged a man away while he attempted wading through the flood waters to safety. 

The rains subsided Monday morning leaving in its wake a devastation of properties and a severe disruption in transport services.

Workers are still unsure whether or not to go to work as many residents of several communities remain suspicious that the danger is not over.

Meanwhile NADMO has asked residents of Cape Coast living in low lying areas to move to high grounds.

The Meteorological Agency has also warned that it could be raining all week as Ghana’s rain season hits top gear.

The Kwame Nkrumah Circle, a business hub in the national capital, Accra was worst hit by flooding last week Thursday.

The rains have been very intermittent since last Wednesday.