One Dead, Another Missing In Kumasi Floods

Scenes at some of the flooded areas in Kumasi

ONE PERSON died and another declared missing on
Monday following rainstorms that flooded homes and streets in the Ashanti
Regional capital, Kumasi.

A 32-year-old man, Kofi Appiagyei, was swept away at Asawase and
his body discovered inside a stream at Atonsu the next day after the storms.

The victim, a welder by profession, was said to
be walking home in the rain when the disaster occurred. According to the Manhyia
Police Divisional Commander, ACP Kwaku Buah, the family of the deceased
reported his disappearance on Monday.

At Tafo, a search continued for a missing nine-year-old girl
following the torrential rain. Areas such as Tafo, Asokore, Asokwa, Oforikrom
and Kwadaso were also flooded.

At Ohwim-Amanfrom, travellers faced disruption after the heavy
rains flooded roads when the Barekese dam burst its banks, causing vehicular
traffic jam.

Footage of the incident showed how a motor rider was trapped in
the middle of a flashflood when he attempted to cross the flood to the other
end of the road. Nearby houses were also submerged.

Police and officials of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) have urged children not to paddle in flooded areas.

From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi

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