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27 October 2011

Torrential rains disrupt activities in Accra, 5 dead

Joseph Appiah-Dolphyne, AfricaNews editor in Accra, Ghana

Five people are reported dead in Ghana's capital, Accra, as torrential rains hit that part of the country. The heavy rains which started around 11:00pm Tuesday has brought activities in Accra to a standstill. Almost all activities have been disrupted and properties worth thousands of Ghana cedis have also been destroyed due to severe flooding.

Vehicular movements in the capital have also been brought a devastating effect on residents. Many gutters and rivers overflowed its banks bringing fear to motorists and commuters who attempt to cross the river .

The Ghana National Disaster Management Organization (Nadmo) have advised to stay clear from river channels and valleys particularly residents of Odawna, Korle Lagoon as the spillage is still ongoing.

Residents have accused successive governments of neglecting the people of Accra. They say the city authorities must as a matter of urgency redesign the city and make way for bigger drains as the current gutters are smaller and very inadequate.

Currently Ghana’s president John Mills together with the Mayor of Accra, and Greater Accra Regional Minister is touring some flood affected areas of the capital to have first hand information of the effects of last night’s torrential rains.

The president has however assured victims of governments support in these trying times.

Major roads in the capital including Graphic road and Nkrumah circle where almost half of the city’s populace commute through to their work places has been submerged by the rains preventing workers from getting to their offices.

Schools shut down

Meanwhile, the country’s minister of education Betty Mould Iddrisu has directed that all schools in the Greater Accra Region be closed down to ensure the safety and security of the students and their teachers.

She said the closure is also to ensure that property in the school is kept safe from probable looters who may want to take advantage of the flooding situation.

- Africa News