2 Soldiers, Others Die In Accra Floods

S/Sgt Arthur Jabez

Two soldiers,
who are a couple, were among seven persons who lost their lives tragically in
Sunday’s downpour in Accra.

The single
cabin pickup of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), with registration number 44 GA 76
on which they were travelling, was swept away on a bridge at Ashaiman during
the downpour.

One of the
occupants of the pickup, a child of a certain Alice Arhin, was still missing at
the time of compiling the report yesterday.

The deceased soldiers
have been identified as S/Sgt Arthur Jabez, 45, and his wife WO Sarah Kuadzi,
40 – both of the Base Ordinance Depot (BOD). Besides, they fellowship with the
Burma Camp Worship Centre.

The two, who were
with some civilians in the bucket of the pickup, were said to be returning from
a funeral.

Official Confirmation

Aggrey-Quarshie, Director of the Public Relations Directorate of GAF, who confirmed
the incident, said “circumstances under which a military vehicle was used, at
the time the accident occurred, for a funeral is being investigated by the
Military Police.”

“In cases of
funerals, the unit is represented. A baby was on board the vehicle. Two persons
died in the cabin and two others in the bucket,” he said.

The Colonel’s
explanation debunks the earlier narration that none of those in the bucket

Per his
narration, two others in the bucket died in the accident.

Accident Spot

The sad
incident reportedly happened at a location known as Under Bridge in the Adjei
Kojo area on the Accra Tema Motorway in the Tema West area.

The vehicle
plunged into a large storm drain, got covered by the deluge and swept away by
the strong currents despite its weight.

By the time
rescuers arrived, the victims had breathed their last. WO Sarah was said to
have returned from Takoradi only last Saturday to meet her untimely death.

DAILY GUIDE also gathered
that the female soldier returned recently from Sudan where she undertook peacekeeping
mission.  The colleagues of the dead
soldiers are in a somber mood following the sad incident.

Rapid Flowing

The bodies of
four of the dead were recovered at Adjei Kojo shortly after the incident. But
for the rescue of others in the bucket of the pickup by a NADMO team, the death
toll could have been higher.

It took about
four hours for the NADMO Search-and-Rescue Team to locate the remains of the deceased
early yesterday.

The Chief
Executive of Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La,
visited the location at the time of the retrieval of the bodies.

Recent Floods

Six persons were
confirmed dead last Sunday after it rained for over three hours in Accra, the
Greater Accra Regional Coordinator of the National Disaster Management
Organisation (NADMO), Archibald Cobbinah said.

The number of
deaths recorded since the onset of the rains in the two Sundays stands at about

Three persons
reportedly got drowned at Sakaman, a suburb of Accra – one of whom was a
six-year-old boy.

Mr. Cobbinah
told the paper that his outfit rescued four persons – one at Alokoshi close to
Achimota and three at Adentan.

“I escaped
drowning too in the course of the operation during Sunday’s rains. It was just
by the grace of God that I survived,” he said.

Cautioning against
underestimating the power of rainwater, he said “the currents are very powerful
and can sweep any vehicle. People should be mindful about this fact when
driving through the rains.”

“It’s important
that residents maintain good neighbourliness so that in times of downpours, they
can easily make calls to their neighbours to take care of our children, instead
of driving through the rains to risk their lives,” he added.

The Ghana Meteorological Services Agency forecast
last Sunday’s downpour.

Ashaiman Dam

As of press time yesterday, a 17-year-old boy was said to have drowned while swimming in a dam at Ashaiman.

By A.R. Gomda

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