The heavy Sunday rains which resulted in flooding in Accra claimed the life of a 43-year old woman at Pokuase as a collapsed wall fell on her.
This incident was confirmed to Citi News by Deputy Coordinator of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Joseph Yamin.
According to reports by the deputy coordinator, the sad incident was “the only casualty recorded as far as the weekend’s rains are concerned”.
It happened that a broken wall fell on the victim, leading to her death.
Although Yamin was not able to state the exact cause of the incident, he believes the situation might have occurred because the place where the victim was living, where the incident occurred was obviously flooded.
Some parts of Accra were flooded after a downpour that lasted for almost an hour on Sunday. The rains which affected low-lying areas such as Mallam, Awoshie, Santa Maria, Kwashiebu, Circle Odawna, and Kaneshie among others, left several people displaced and destroyed some properties.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Yamin said residents who were greatly affected by the floods will be given relief items. This he sais will be done after having a full assessment of the flooding to determine what relief items to send out.
While emphasizing the need for citizens to do their best to ensure that floods are prevented, Mr. Yamin said NADMO will play its role in ensuring that Ghanaians are educated on effective measures to prevent flooding in these areas.
On the part of the government concerning this crucial issue of flooding, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo revealed to Citi News that they are awaiting the release a $10m fund to enable them fix perennial flooding in the vulnerable areas. With the fund, desilting of major drains in the national capital and the Tema Metropolitan Area (TMA) will also be carried out.
We strongly hope that both the government, concerned agencies and individuals will do their best to ensure that this menace is properly tackled to ensure the safety of lives and properties throughout this year’s and subsequent rainy seasons.