4 Dead, 10 Missing In Eastern Region Floods – NADMO
Four persons have been confirmed dead with 10 others missing as a result of torrential rainfall which flooded many areas in five municipalities and districts in the Eastern Region a couple of weeks ago. The deaths occurred in the New Juaben South and New Juaben North municipalities and also in the Akyemansa and the
Denkyembour districts, while those missing were from the Nsawam Adoagyiri municipality. This was disclosed by the Eastern Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Kwame Appiah Kodua, yesterday. Mr Kodua, who was updating the media said it was unfortunate that the floods claimed
human lives, with 10 others missing. He indicated that NADMO was trying its possible best to locate the missing people. Mr Kodua said his outfit was still assessing the situation, nothing that so far 17 municipalities and districts in the region had been identified as having been affected by the floods. He said
the situation arose after three rivers - the Birim, the Densu and the Ayensu - overflowed their banks, entered many homes and displaced many of the dwellers. Mr Kodua further indicated that some mud buildings at Akwadum in the New Juaben North municipality, as well as Asokore Zango, collapsed and displaced many
households. He said mud houses collapsed at Akwadum, with the affected people losing their personal belongings running into thousands of Ghana cedis. The Member of Parliament (MP) for New Juaben North, Nana Adjei Boateng, who also spoke, attributed the damage caused by the torrential rains to poor drains and illegal
mining activities, popularly called galamsey. He said areas that had been hit by serious flooding had been experiencing it anytime it rained heavily. He expressed regret at the fact that people continued to encroach on and at the same time build on water courses, in spite of the devastating impact of their actions, as the structures
on water courses impeded the flow of water, leading to flooding, a regular recurrence anytime it rained. The MP urged the flood victims to exercise restraint, as engineers worked assiduously to find a lasting solution to the problem.