At least five persons have died after Sunday night’s downpour in the capital, Accra, disaster management officials have confirmed.
The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) said the fatalities involve a woman and her child, two men and another who was electrocuted during the flood.
Running water spilled over from choked drainage systems, covering main roads and left pedestrians with no choice but to risk their lives crossing the water above knee level.
Most vehicles broke down while others were left trapped at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle interchange.
The NADMO search and rescue team discovered the bodies during patrols while attending to distress calls. The remains have been taken to the morgue for autopsy.
The Greater Accra Regional Director of NADMO, Archibald Cobbinah has advised citizens to stop littering.
“The way and manner in which we keep putting garbage in our gutters will not help us in any way at all. It is sad how people take advantage of the rains to collect and put rubbish on our drains,” he told Accra-based Starr FM.
He added: “We all have a role to play to ensure we keep our cities and drainages clean. People should take precautionary measures to ensure they are safe during the rainy season. People should identify safe havens within their communities where they can be safe, especially when they know their houses or community floods when it rains.”
The Ghana Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rains in the coming days as the rainy season sets in.
Source: Emmanuel Amewugah, Daily Mail GH