Five people were confirmed dead whilst others have sustained injuries following a weeklong downpour and floods in parts of the North East Region
Four people are stated to have drowned inside the flood waters within the East Mamprusi and West Mamprusi municipalities, at the same time another person was also killed by a building that collapsed in the Yunyoo/Nansuan District.
The bodies of the deceased were located in drainage systems and ponds days after the downpour had brought about havoc in parts of the area.
The North East Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), John Kwaku Alhassan, who showed this to the Daily Graphic, stated that the bodies of the deceased had been handed over to the bereaved families for burial.
He stated that his outfit was also on the ground assessing the extent of damage as a result of the floods, to enable them to offer emergency comfort items to the victims.
“So far I can’t quantify the extent of damage caused but I can confirm that five persons have lost their lives in the weeklong heavy downpour and floodwaters; our team are on the ground taking stock of the damage caused,” he said.
Mr Alhassan indicated that the flooding was getting worse and destroying assets in all parts of the region, pronouncing “the situation is not good at all because some of the regions are being cut off, with other buildings collapsing.”
He delivered that NADMO was also sensitising the inhabitants alongside the White Volta through community announcement in churches and markets centers, for people to vacate to better grounds to prevent any eventuality.
Parts of the West Mamprusi and East Mamprusi municipalities have been submerged following the four-hour downpour.
Walewale, the West Mamprusi Municipal capital, was cut off from Nalerigu, the regional capital, as a bridge and a dam at Tinguri had been swept away by the floods, making the main road linking the two towns inaccessible.
The circumstance rendered citizens of the affected areas homeless, at the same time as passengers journeying from Walewale to Nalerigu and other towns joining together were additionally left stranded.
A number of people had been displaced even as houses, farmlands, livestock and other properties have additionally been swept away by the floodwaters.
Some of the affected communities are Gaagbini, Tinguri, Mimima, Kuruguduri, Walewale and Nalerigu, Yunyoo and Chereponi.