Heavy downpour displaces hundreds in Amenfi East district
Hundreds of residents of Wassa Akropong in the Amenfi East District of the Western Region have been displaced while properties worth thousands of cedis have been destroyed following torrential rains.
The off season torrents have shocked residents who say they least expected it because the raining season had passed.
They recalled their last flooding two years ago which they said was during normal raining season. However it was not up to the volume that poured out Tuesday night.
Several houses and vehicles were submerged and people sought refuge in church premises while others were taken in by relatives and friends on higher ground.
The rain caused the Krupa river to break its banks and consequently flooded the community leading to the havoc.
Some of the affected areas included Zongo and Farmers, and the floods also cut off the road leading to a community called Gromisa and portions of the Amenfiman Senior High School.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic, the Chief Executive, Mr. Stephen Badu Akyeampong, who was in the rain last night trying to ensure safety of people in the affected areas, said what was good about the situation was that the downpour started during the day and therefore many people saw the danger in time and quickly evacuated.
The rains, he said started at about 2:30pm and continued deep into the night, describing the unexpected rains the accompanying high levels of flooding as unprecedented.
He said aside the affected communities, the girls’ dormitory of the Amenfiman SHS which was close to the River Krupa was affected and that the students had been moved to a safer place.
The DCE said his team, including officers of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and works engineer went round the affected areas and that the situation was under control.
The assembly he said was doing everything possible to ensure that some form of support was extended to victims.
Story: Moses Dotsey Aklorbortu, Sekondi
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