The Tamale flooding death toll now stands at four, with innumerable number of individuals and families displaced from their places of abode…
Residents of Tamale and its suburbs were thrown into a state of panic Tuesday afternoon as a heavy down pour that lasted for over two hours culminated in a life threatening flooding. The floods saw many communities of the metropolis submerged in water, with lives [humans and livestock] and valuable properties, including houses and vehicles destroyed and lost.
Activities on roads, schools, hospitals, markets, individual offices and shops were halted, with people scampering for safety as the waters flowed and overflowed. A lot of homes and places of work and business were also flooded, with the inhabitants displaced.
The severely affected persons are currently putting up with friend and relatives while the mildly affected people are trying to salvage what they could from their water drenched residents.
The Tamale Teaching Hospital numbers among places were service delivery was affected by the Tamale flooding, as water entered the Gynaecology ward of the hospital.
Casualties and Death Toll
Reports reveal that many were salvaged from the flood alive. However, a 59-year-old woman identified as Hajia Fati Dabuni lost her life in the Tamale flooding. The woman who was riding in a Toyota RAV4 car with registration number GT 8271-11,
The pathetic incident occurred while she was on her way pick up her 13-year-old son from the Kamina Barracks Basic School.
An amateur video posted on Graphic.com Facebook page shows the horrendous moment the unfortunate woman got drowned in the heavy flood. Watch below.
Hajia’s dead body was later retrieved from her car by a rescue team, and deposited at the Tamale Teaching Hospital morgue. She was subsequently laid to rest in Tamale on Wednesday in accordance with Islamic rites.
Other identified victims of the Tamale flooding are Haliya Alhassan, an eight-year-old pupil of the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Primary School, and Sulemana Hamran, a 13-year-old pupil of the Bethel Methodist Primary School at Tishigu.
According to Daily Graphic reports, bodies of the two school children were discovered by a joint police and Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) rescue team at different locations in the metropolis. The police revealed that little Haliya was swept away when she went out to urinate in a drain behind her school, while Hamran’s body was found at a dam site in Fuo.
The fourth victim is yet to be identified.
Bawumia Visits Flood Victims
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia paid a condolence cum inspection visit to communities affected by the Tamale flooding on Wednesday, 26th July.
The veep who went in the company of the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Sa-eed Salifu, members of the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), promised to put in place measures that will end the perennial flooding in the area.
The group also paid a condolence visit to the family of late Hajia Fati where the Vice President pledged to set up an endowment fund with seed money of GHc5,000 to take care of the late woman’s son.
Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Alhaji Abdallah Hindu has pleaded with residents living in flood prone areas to relocate for their own safety. He also warned private developers to desist from building on water ways.
In the same vein, the Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA), Mr Jacob Lambon, who indicated that the area will witness more rainfall from now till October, urged residents to take precautionary measures and also advised those living in low-lying areas to move to safer areas to avoid any possible future disaster.
Flooding in Ghana
Just like the Tamale case, flooding in various parts of Ghana has remained a perennial menace, with casualties ranging from scores to hundreds recorded each year, amidst loss of valuables. Blocked drains and building on waterways are some of the root causes of the ugly incidents.
However, various concerned agencies have always blamed lack of funds for their failure to fix problems leading to the recurring incidences of deadly flood in various parts of the country. The government is therefore being called upon to put in their best in the fight against this menace instead of running helter-skelter to provide relief materials and condolences at the strike of the tragedy that is obviously looming.
While we hope for government’s intervention, residents are advised to do everything within their powers to curb the floods. These include, desisting from the unhygienic habit of emptying refuse into drains, carrying out proper sanitation exercise at regular intervals, keeping their children safe at any sign of coming rains and other innumerable safety measures.