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04.06.2004 General News

Floods trapped people in homes

By GNA

Koforidua, June 4, GNA - Over six hours of rains in the Koforidua Municipality on Thursday made the Nsukwao stream over flew its banks and flooded greater part of Nsukwao, a suburb of Koforidua.

The rains started around 1300 hrs and by 1600 hrs, greater part of Nsukwao was flooded with the floods rising above the waist level at some parts of the suburb. This trapped some people in their rooms, while those outside their houses were also cut off from entering their houses. When Ghana News Agency visited the area around 1700 hrs, the portion of the suburb behind the railway station stretching beyond the plot of the regional office of the Electoral Commission through Nkubem to part of the Old Estate were all flooded.

There was heavy traffic on the Ministries-Kenkey Road as drivers who could not drive their vehicles through the floods over the Nsukwao Bridge near the YMCA Hall had to park by the side of the road, while some youth were helping to push some of the vehicles through the floods to cross the bridge.

Walls of some houses in the municipality collapsed but there were no casualties.

According to Nana Kweku Danso, Regional Disaster Officer in-charge of operations said the Regional Secretariat of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) received a call for assistance in the afternoon and so sent out the Emergency Response Team. He said the team was able to rescue 17 people trapped in their rooms by the floods to safety and helped retrieve the properties of some people, which were being washed away by the floods.

Nana Danso said no casualty was recorded and a team had been sent out on Friday morning to access the situation to find out the immediate interventions that needed to be put in place to protect life and property.

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