Heavy rainfall renders KEEA residents homeless

A heavy rainstorm that occurred in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem (KEEA) municipality in the Central Region last week Thursday had left hundreds homeless.

 The rains, which started around 10:00 p.m., flooded homes up to the knee level.

It lasted for at least four hours, and caused incalculable damage.

 

Authorities were unable to put a figure on the damage to the destruction to homes, farms and other valuable, as it was an extensive damage.

 

Electricity supply was cut to the area to prevent further catastrophe when the floodwaters come into contact with power transformers.

Some residents had to put up with relatives in neighbouring communities.

 

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has blamed residents for the extent of damage caused by the flood.

 

NADMO Coordinator for KEEA, Patrick Yeboah said, “the little that I observed is the [poor] drainage. Residents need to change their mentality. When clouds gather, they begin to put their refuse into the open drains with the idea that when it rains the rains will carry them away…but sometimes they choke the drainage system.”

He therefore appealed to residents to uphold good sanitation practices.

 

The KEEA is not new to devastating floods caused by heavy rains.

The area recorded ten rain-related deaths since the rains began in June this year.

Two women and an eight-year-old girl died in June at Kissi Kwahekrom in the KEEA when a collapsing wall fell on them.

 

Story: Today Correspondent

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