About one thousand-two hundred (1,200) residents at Asuboni Rails in the Eastern Region have been displaced by devastating floods that submerged parts of the community on Saturday, October 5, 2019.
At least fifty-three (53) houses collapsed while one hundred and four (104) others were flooded. Shops also got submerged.
Properties including personal effects, household items, stored foods such as maize worth millions of cedis were destroyed.
No human casualty was recorded but some livestock reportedly died.
Preliminary investigations by the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) pointed to overflow of two rivers – River Nkawkaw and River Akrawuso.
The affected residents were sheltered at the Church of Pentecost building.
According to the residents, the last time such flood disaster occurred in the community was some nine years ago.
The Eastern Regional Minster, Eric Kwakye Darfuor, who doubles as Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkawkaw, led a team made up of the District Chief Executive and others to the area.
According to the District’s Director of Operation of NADMO, Kwasi Dankwah, the displaced residents were temporarily sheltered in a Church of Pentecost building.
“Following the heavy downpour yesterday, 5th October, 2019, many households in Kwahu West Municipality namely Asuboni Rail, Abrodiem, Atta Ne Atta, Ataaso have been flooded. In addition to this, many households in Asuboni Rails had broken down. Items destroyed were mattresses, rice, maize household appliances such TV, radio computer and etc.”
He added: “The regional minister, MCE and other collaborated agencies such as the national fire service, police service were all present. We arranged the Church of Pentecost at Asuboni rails as temporary place for displaced persons. We don’t have relief items so we are waiting for region and national to intervene”.
Heavy downpour recorded in parts of the region since October 4, 2019 has similarly caused flooding in other districts, municipalities such as Abuakwa North, Atiwa East and Birim Central. A mother and son escaped death when their room suddenly collapsed at midnight at Akyem Osiem.
The Abuakwa North NADMO office reported that, “the rain which started yesterday at around 4:20 p.m., in the evening and stopped at 6:00 p.m., today – 5/10/19 has resulted in building collapse and flooding in some parts of the municipality. At Osiem, a collapsed building which occurred at exactly 11 p.m., midnight nearly killed a woman and her 9-year-old son who were sleeping at that time.”
In Atiwa East District, a river known as River Sea lying between Awosoase and Abenaaso communities overflew its banks and submerged portions of the road which made it impossible for vehicles and residents to cross.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Regional Director of NADMO, Kwame Appiah Kodua, has said, assessments of the incidents are on-going in earnest to facilitate supply of relief items to the victims.
Story: Today Correspondent