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Ghana's capital flooded, govt asks citizens to move to safer grounds

Ghana's capital flooded, govt asks citizens to move to safer grounds

Ghana

Accra, Ghana’s capital was on Thursday hit by torrential rains which virtually submerged several parts of the city.

This comes barely a week after the government marked its worst natural disaster, the ‘flood and fire’ incident of June 3, 2015 which claimed over 150 lives. Residents of most parts of the capital are living in fear that the events of a year ago could possibly recur.

The rains which started since dawn has yet to subside with affected areas being the center of the capital, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Nungua, Teshie, parts of Kaneshie, Odawna, Dzorwulu, Asylum Down, Kasoa road, Mallam Junction among others.

The rains will continue for a while longer, hence the general public should avoid flowing water, move from lower ground to higher places if need be and call emergency lines – including 112 should the need arise.

Government directive

In a government statement signed by the minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, citizens have been told that the rains could continue longer, tasking them to move from low lying areas to higher grounds.

‘‘The Ghana Meteorological Agency has advised that the rains will continue for a while longer, hence the general public should avoid flowing water, move from lower ground to higher places if need be and call emergency lines – including 112 should the need arise,’‘ the statement added.

Accra is seen as a low lying area that has often been engulfed in floods whenever heavy rains fall. The emergency and rescue agency, National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) was recently said to be ill equipped in case of a flood even though the Mayor of Accra, insisted that the capital was ready for any floods.

The country’s Road Safety Commission has been tweeting pieces of advice on how to avoid the floods and stay safe, meanwhile citizens have been pouring out their frustrations on social media.