Chaos reigns as Accra is submerged by heavy rains

BY: Francisco Baiocchi
Reported flooding, power outages and road blockages

 Torrential rains Wednesday have left trails of devastation in Accra, Ghana's capital, as several parts of the city have been submerged and commuters stranded as many roads have also been cut off.


Power across the capital has been cut, as parts of the Tetteh Quarshie Roundabout, Adabraka, Kaokudi, Accra New Town, Achimota, AIrport, La, Mallam, Dansoman, Santa Maria and Kwashiman, among several others, have flooded, and major roads cut off.

Drivers have had to park by the sides of the roads as many portions of the roads and low-lying bridges have been flooded, while several stranded commuters are making the long journey back home from work or markets on foot and in the rains.

Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo has described the situation as critical and has ordered metropolitan and municipal heads to champion rescue and relief efforts.

Monitored reports suggest many people are trapped in floodwaters in their homes, while those who had been out ahead of the rains cannot return home.

People are reporting their property destroyed by the rains while road regulations have been thrown overboard as fire service personnel trying to steer people away from danger redirect drivers back to where they had come from.