Central region

Ghana: Destruction in the central region – 700 houses submerged by a downpour… A prison guard drowns

Jukwa — More than 700 houses were submerged in different communities in the central region by the floods on Saturday.

A few bridges and roads were also destroyed, making the road network impassable.

One such bridge is the one over the Surowi River at Jukwa on the Cape Coast-TwifoPraso road; Jukwais in Hemang Lower Denkyira district.

A prison officer who tried to help someone through the floodwaters died in the process as he was swept away by the flood.

The floods were caused by the overflow of the Kakum and Surowi rivers due to heavy rains in the area.

In Simiw, in the municipality of Komenda-Edina-Egyuafo-Abrem (KEEA), more than 50 mud houses were destroyed by the floods.

Displaced people are currently being housed in classrooms and churches or staying with relatives and friends.

Some of the affected areas are Simiw, Nkontrodo, Ntranoa, Abina, Atonkwa, Ankaful in Elmina Municipality and Amamoma and Kwaprow in Cape Coast Metropolis.

The house of the CEO of Exim Bank, located a few meters from the bridge, was flooded, with his vehicles submerged in the raging waters.

In Ankaful, prison quarters were overwhelmed by flooding and desperate officers residing there called for help.

National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) Director General Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh visited some of the affected communities with officials from the organization.

His entourage also included Central Regional Minister, Ms. Justina Marigold Assan, Head of Local Governance Department, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur and officials from KEEA Municipal Assembly.

In his remarks after the visit, MrAgyemang-Prempeh said the flood and its associated effects were unfortunate.

He explained that the floods in the area so far were not man-made and expressed the need for people to take precautionary measures.

He urged Ghanaians to pay attention to their sanitation by refraining from throwing rubbish down drains, including gutters.

He said the country should expect more rain in the coming days so it was necessary for them to take precautions.

Mr Agyemang-Prempeh urged people living in flood-prone areas to move to safer grounds.

He then presented relief items to distribute to those affected by the floods.

The Central Regional Minister, Ms. Justina Marigold Assan, in her remarks, said the situation was very worrying.

She thanked NADMO for its quick response in caring for displaced residents of affected communities.

Meanwhile, the Jukwa Bridge is being repaired.

The Ghanaian Times saw a contractor and his workers feverishly repairing the bridge to keep traffic flowing on this stretch of the road.

A statement from the Ghana Highway Authority on Saturday ordered motorists and commuters heading to Cape Coast from Twifo or vice versa to use alternative routes such as the Cape Coast-Yamoransa -AssinFosu-TwifoPraso roads.

Traffic was diverted or reversed, and thanks to announcements made by residents of nearby communities, no motorists were stranded at the location of the broken bridge.