Central region

One confirmed dead, scores trapped after downpour on Saturday in central region

One person was confirmed dead and dozens of people trapped in their homes in Amamoma in the central region.

Nearly a thousand people who were also affected by Saturday’s downpour in Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem municipality are seeking shelter in churches, mosques and school blocks.

More than 100 houses and some large bridges connecting several cities and towns collapsed following the overflow of certain rivers in the region.

JoyNews Central Regional Correspondent Richard Kwadwo Nyarko reported that the road between Elmina junction and Ankaful prisons is impassable with houses almost submerged.

National Disaster Management Organization Director General Nana Agyeman Prempeh has urged residents to move to higher ground to ensure their safety.

“As I said, we are here with relief items for them. Currently, they are in safe places – they are in churches, classrooms and mosques. Some of them went to live with their relatives and friends in other regions.

“We will be presenting the relief items to those affected,” he said.

Twifo Hemang MP Bright Wereko Brobby said the Ministry of Roads and Highways had assured to immediately repair the roads which were washed away by the floods.

“We learned the early news yesterday [Saturday] morning and since that time we have done everything we can, including reaching out to everyone who matters, especially the road minister who he says immediately dispatched his rapid response team and led a contractor very knowledgeable working on the Twifo Praso- Dunkwa stretches to enter.

“Fortunately for us, the bridge itself was not affected and the engineers confirmed that it was the road itself that was washed out…I’m pretty sure that at the end of the day, they will be able to open this [road] to traffic. I will call on residents to calm down. Some of these things happen to us in life,” he said.