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12.10.2007 Disaster

Sea swallows half of Accra community

By myjoyonline

Tidal waves on Thursday left residents of Glefe along the Dansoman beach in Accra stranded as they woke up to find their homes and other properties submerged in water.

Seawater has flooded the entire area destroying houses and other personal belongings. The residents say the devastation started at night and more than half of the community has been washed away by the sea.

Glefe is in the Ablekuma South constituency where Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Theresa Amerley Tagoe is the MP.

Joy News reporters who visited the scene say the residents are gathering their belongings to safety whilst they await official response to their plight.

Residents told Joy News reporter Nanabanyin Brown Addo that about 200 houses have been destroyed. No lives have been lost.

Greater regional coordinator of NADMO Ben brown who also comes from the constituency says sand winning largely accounts for devastation.

He said Glefe is part of the basin of the Sakumo Lagoon and is a low lying area and water from adjoining communities find its way there. What has worsened the situation is the sand winning activities of the youth, who would temporarily halt their activities at the sight of city and security officials and return to it in no time.

Mr. Ben Brown said the issue of the tidal waves is a yearly affair and NADMO has been urging the residents to quit the area.