2 perish in Koforidua floods

Vehicles submerged in floodTwo people lost their lives in a flood after heavy rains in some parts of Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital, on Sunday.

The two, a taxi driver,  Kofi Bafoe, and a female passenger, Celestine Moka, 60, met their death, when a taxi in which they were travelling in was submerged in the flood at Nsukwao in the New-Juaben municipality.

The female passenger was found dead in the taxi while the driver who was seen in a heap of rubbish in an “unstable state” died later at the Koforidua Central Hospital.

Three other passengers on board the taxi, however, survived the flood.

The incident occurred when the driver attempted to drive through the flood at the Kenkey Factory road.

It took the intervention of a brave resident, who jumped into the flood to rescue the three passengers, but the flood washed away the driver and the female passenger.

The Fire Service personnel at the scene could not initially swim towards the taxi and had no ropes to throw towards the passengers.

Meanwhile, the female passenger was found dead in the taxi as a rescue team of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) officials, Fire Service and police arrived at the scene, and the body was at the regional hospital morgue.

Many homes, including stores and kiosks around Nsukwao, Betom, Zongo, Nkubem, Adom washing Bay, Effiduase Asokore, Aberewa Junction were all submerged by the three-hour downpour on Sunday afternoon.

Property worth thousands of  cedis as well as food items, clothing, sandals and vehicles were carried away by the water.

Barely two weeks ago, there was a similar flood, which washed away properties in some communities in the New Juaben municipality of the Eastern Region.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Regional Minister, Mavis Ama Frimpong, together with the regional NADMO Co-ordinator, Ransford Owusu Boakye, and an entourage from the New Juaben Municipal Assembly visited the scene to ascertain the damage and also sympathise with the bereaved families.


From David Kodjo, Koforidua.


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