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Flood victims count loses

BY: Doreen Andoh
A woman in deep sorrow as she dries her new cloths on top of her gate

Fourdays after hundreds of homes in some communities in the Greater Accra Region had been submerged in water after a downpour last Wednesday, victims continue to count their losses.

A follow-up visit by the Daily Graphic to some communities which were adversely affected by the flood revealed that most of the victims had lost all their belongings.

These communities include Adabraka and its environs, Asylum Down and Awoshie and its environs.

Heaps of damaged belongings on the shoulders of the streets were a common sight in all these communities.

AMA, Zoomlion collecting debris

Workers of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Zoomlion, a waste management company, were seen collecting the debris.

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Many of the residents of the affected communities were also seen washing the few clothes and household items they were able to salvage.

It was also observed that water tankers from benevolent organisations were distributing water to some affected communities which had also been cut off from water supply from the Ghana Water Company Limited ( GWCL) because their transmission lines had been affected by the fire outbreak at the GOIL fuel station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

Zoomlion clearing the debris
Even though the flood waters have receded in most places, residents continue to live in fear because the rainy season has just begun.

Residents Appeal to governmentresidents such as Ms Winifred Narh, Ms Edna Ahinkra and Madam Ajara Iddrisu appealed to the government to come to their aid, since most of them had lost all their belongings.

According to Ms Narh, even though residents of Adabraka had been heavily affected by the floods, they had not received any support from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

"We have been seeing trucks of relief items from NADMO being driven past the community for the past three days but I can say that none of us has received anything yet."

 

Flood victims of Asylum Down in Accra washing their clothes which were retrieved from the flood
Ms Narh said they were appealing to the government to put in place measures to ensure that support items were given to victims, adding, "We feel that those who are not victims are rather getting the relief items."

They also called for the fumigation of all affected communities as soon as possible, particularly Adabraka and its environs, because of the number of dead bodies found in the area.

Ms Narh said because of the fear of infections, residents were unable to eat or drink water comfortably in the area.

Businesses such as LETAP, a pharmaceutical company at Adabraka; food joints, salons and boutiques were also affected by the flood.

Background

Many communities in the Greater Accra Region were submerged last Wednesday after torrential rains.

The disaster claimed more than 150 lives as a result of a fire outbreak at the GOIL fuel station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

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