Flood sweeps away Ghanaian military couple and child

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Staff Sergeant Arthur Jabez and Warrant Officer (WO) Sarah Kuadzi were killed in the flood with their child still missing
Staff Sergeant Arthur Jabez and Warrant Officer (WO) Sarah Kuadzi were killed in the flood with their child still missing

A Ghanaian married couple serving in the Ghana Armed Forces lost their lives in last Sunday’s rains and their child reported missing, disaster officials said.

The couple, Staff Sergeant Arthur Jabez and Warrant Officer (WO) Sarah Kuadzi, were on a military pickup which was swept away during the flood at suburban Ashaiman near the harbor city Tema.

Officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) discovered their bodies in an open drainage along the 19-kilometre Accra – Tema motorway in an area called Adjei Kojo.

Disaster management officials said a child belonging to the couple is also missing after the accident.

“We cannot conclude the child is also dead,” NADMO spokesperson George Awusi told Daily Mail GH.

Two other bodies were retrieved in the drainage bringing the total number of discovered dead bodies to seven after hours of downpour in the capital Accra.

The Tema victims were traveling from Community 7 where they attended a friend’s funeral and they were on their way to Accra when they had the accident on the motorway.

Medical Director of the Tema General Hospital, Richard Anthony, told the DGN Online 11 civilians who were on-board the military pick-up were brought to his outfit for medical attention.

According to him, two of them sustained minor injuries on their forehead and leg. The rest he indicated were treated and discharged.

Several areas in Accra got flooded during the downpour. The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) issued an earlier alert over the rains indicating that “a rainstorm at the southern portions of Togo is forecast to affect places in the southern half of the country.”

The rainstorm according to the Agency affected areas such as Kpetoe, Akatsi, Ho, Kpandu and its environs in the Volta Region.

In the Eastern Region, areas such as Koforidua, Begoro and Nkawkaw were also affected. Dodowa, Amasama, Afienya and many areas in Accra also experienced the downpour.

Last week, five people also lost their lives when Accra got flooded. The GMet has warned of more rains this year.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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