5 more bodies retrieved from recent floods in Accra

Five more bodies have been retrieved by the police after Tuesday dawn downpour, which resulted in flooding in some parts of Accra.

The dead include, three males, a pregnant woman, and a two-year-old boy, bringing the number of fatalities recorded so far as a result of the floods, to six.

The Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge, who gave the update to the Ghanaian Times, in Accra, yesterday, said the bodies had since been taken to the Police Hospital and the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital mortuaries.

She said on June 9, at about 8:30am, a man was found  lying dead in a supine position at a hotel in the Neoplan area.

DSP Tenge said the police also received information that a male body had been found at the Metro Mass Bus terminal, adding that personnel proceeded to the scene and retrieved the body of Dominic Abikwoa, 31.

She said the police also received information that an unknown pregnant woman, aged 25, was lying dead at the Art Centre beach

“The body was inspected and a deep cut was found on the right eyebrow,” DSP Tenge added.

She said the police retrieved the body of one Lousie Sobou Tchanda, 28, who got drown when the fence wall to a house collapsed.

The Police PRO said the body of a two-year-old boy was also retrieved at the Achimota Charcoal Station, near a big gutter.

It would be recalled that The Ghanaian Times in its Wednesday, June 10, 2020 issue reported that parts of Accra were submerged, following a downpour, which lasted about four hours.

Characteristic of flooding in Accra, properties running into several millions of cedis were destroyed, while one person was reported dead at Adabraka in Accra.

In addition, several people were trapped in their homes as they could not step out due to the volume of water and the magnitude of the current.

The situation culminated into heavy traffic jams in most areas.

Some of the affected areas included Alajo in the Ayawaso East municipality, Kwame Nkrumah Interchange area in the Okaikoi South municipality, Adabraka Sahara in the Korle-Klottey municipality, and   the Kaneshie First Light area, Sakaman, North Kaneshie, Awoshie, Achimota and Odorkor.

The floods resulted in heavy traffic on the roads and passengers were also spotted stranded at various bus stops waiting for vehicles to be transported to their various destinations.

Rubbish from choked gutters was washed unto the roads as a result of the floods.

BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI

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