A two-hour downpour in Koforidua on Sunday left parts of the Eastern Regional capital severely flooded after some streams and rivers burst their banks and submerged houses, roads, and shops.
The floods were reportedly worsened by water from the Okome stream and other streams that flowed from the Nkurakan stretch of the Akuapem Ridge as they burst their banks and ran through the residential areas, submerging mechanical shops, chop bars, a church, block factories, filling stations and washing bays in the affected areas.
Affected areas included Koforidua – Zongo, Abrewa-Nkwanta along the Akwadum-Koforidua highway, Nsukwao, Asokore, Oyoko and Effiduase.
According to a Daily guide report, over 300 residents at Koforidua Zongo, where the floods affected most, were stranded as the rains submerged their rooms destroying their properties.
Some of the residents complained bitterly about the poor drainage system which the New Juaben Municipal Assembly has failed to fix over the years.
Scores of the Muslims who have kept their food stuffs such as rice, maizes, yam, vegetables, to celebrate Monday’s Eid Adha had all got spoiled.
However, there were no casualties at the affected communities, after the heavy rains but some residents sustained minor injuries, which they were spotted treating them with first aids.
The affected victims called on government, the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), benevolent individuals, NGOs, and philanthropist to donate roofing sheets, woods and other relief items to come to their aid.