Some parts of the Ashanti region experienced flooding after a torrential downpour in the early hours of Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
Some affected areas included Sokoban, Santasi-Anyinam-Hemang, Kronum-Adonko, Moshie-Zongo, and Atafua.
Other areas also affected were Abuakwa-Maakro, Ahenema-Kokoben, Asuofua, Asawasi, Aboabo, Sawua and its surroundings.
Appiadu, Emena, Kotei and its surroundings also had their fair share of the effects of the rains where the roads became unmotorable due to floods.
Manso Nkwanta, Obuasi, Asante Mampong, Ejura, Jachie in the Bosomtwe district and Twedie in the Atwima Kwanwoma district were also hit.
Residents living around river bodies and huge drainage systems had to be evacuated during the rains.
The downpour which started around 3 a.m, frustrated commuters with their inability to cross flooded roads, especially where there was a bridge.
The torrential rains which lasted for more than three hours also halted vehicular movements, resulting in huge traffic in those areas.
Some angry residents blamed the city authorities for not adopting development strategic plans in solving flooding-related issues that have been a canker.
They attributed the situation to substandard construction of gutters, bridges, and the negligence of the authorities to their plights and failure to monitor projects.
A resident at Asawasi on Otec FM’s morning show ‘Nyansapo’ complained that “the bridge constructed over River Peleele is sub-standard, making it impossible to contain heavy rain downpour”.
Some residents at Atafua wondered why the city authorities have refused to construct a new bridge on the road to save lives and properties.
On the morning show, the Ashanti Regional Coordinator for the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Frank Kwadwo Duodu, warned the public to expect more rains until the end of September.
He also warned residents living in flood-prone areas to relocate to dry lands for their safety during the rains.
Frank Kwadwo Duodu advised residents to heed early warning signs from the Ghana Meteorological Agency to avert any disaster.
The NADMO coordinator also advised them to refrain from building around rivers and desist from throwing refuse into gutters to avoid being choked which later results in flooding.
Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com/Ebenezer Amankwah