Central region

Central region communities submerged after heavy downpour

Social flooding in Accra

Several communities along the prisons of Ankaful – Elmina Junction Road were completely submerged after three days of torrential rains.

Some residents of affected communities including Ankaful Fie, Ntranoa, Amissano, Nkontrodu, Peace and Bethel Avenues have been left homeless with others having no other place stuck in their rooms.

Other badly affected areas include Abee, Simiw and Abrem, where Agona health center was affected.

Many structures and houses, including those belonging to Ankaful prisons, farms, parks, among other facilities, were all submerged.

The streets are completely off site with no vehicles moving.

At the time of the story being filed, a fire rescue team had arrived at Kakum Cottage, near the SSNIT flats, with a boat to evacuate people in distress whose belongings were swallowed by flood waters at high tide, in safe place.

Roads were rendered impassable while the Nkontrodu Bridge was completely engulfed by floods.

A prison guard (name withheld), according to inside sources, died after falling into the water during an operation on Saturday.

In Mepeasem, cars were completely sunk by the floods, as were many buildings, some with their walls collapsed.

A canyon in the Jukwa part of the Cape Coast – Twifo-Praso road made the road inaccessible and left hundreds of commuters and residents stranded on both sides.

The part of the road at the tip of the bridge just before the Jukwa Barrier was deeply eroded by the strong current of a nearby river, which overflowed due to the rains.

The situation has left the bridge in a deplorable state and therefore needs to be repaired urgently.
The affected part of the road has since been cordoned off by security personnel to keep residents and commuters away.

The residence of EXIM Bank Managing Director, Mr. Lawrence Kwabena Agyinsem, very close to the scene was also badly affected as he lost at least two cars in the floods after his wall was knocked down by water in rapid movement. .

Due to the situation, commuters from Cape Coast to Praso have to pass through Assin Fosu, which raises the transport fare from 22 GH¢ to 50 GH¢ accordingly.

Some affected people who thronged the scene called on the authorities to deal with the road urgently as the situation was having a devastating effect on them.

“We were going to a funeral but we were greeted by this situation here. We were asked to use another city, but I understand it is also flooded. It does not look like the situation can be salvaged immediately and so we are returning to Accra,” said commuter Mr Isaac Amponsah.

“I’m a bolter and I have to deliver goods to Domeabra, but I can’t go, which means I can’t make sales today. It is very disturbing.

“We need the authorities to do something about this bridge immediately,” said another road user, Mr Daniel Nwonsah.

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