A severe rainstorm hit the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis and its environs in the Western Region on Tuesday afternoon, claiming the life of a 12-year old boy, and destroying property.
The boy, who is yet to be identified, was electrocuted at the Old Accra station at the Central Business District (CBD).
He was rushed to the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
The body, according to hospital sources, has since been deposited at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, for identification and autopsy.
Another woman, who attempted to rescue the boy, experienced a shock and was also sent to the same hospital, but, later, referred to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital and was responding to treatment,.
The heavy storm, which began at about 2: 30pm, stopped at about 4pm.
Hydrology experts have warned city authorities to be ready for another rainstorm to avoid future disasters.
“It was a serious heavy downpour. We have been experiencing rains but this seems to be one of the severe ones which caused massive damage to AESL offices and others. If it had gone beyond one hour, it would be disastrous. Our drains need to be desilted.” an engineer noted.
When The Ghanaian Times went round the metropolis, areas including Nkontompo and the Architectural and Engineering Service Limited (AESL) offices, near VODAFONE along the Paa Grant Boulevard, were inundated with flood.
The police barracks at Effiakuma was also hit by the storm as some old structures collapsedwhile others had their roofs ripped off, displacing some officers.
An officer, who pleaded anonymity, complained that the rains affected his television set and bed adding that “It was a heavy storm and we have suffered. Some of our belongings have been soaked with water.”
Meanwhile, the Staff Officer at the Regional Police Headquarters, ASP Kweku Ayepa, has told The Ghanaian Times that the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kwasi Mensah Duku, had visited the Effiakuma barracks assuring that the concerns of the officers would be addressed.
Other areas including the traffic light at the UBA Bank at the CBD, the Effiakuma ‘trotro’ station, near the MTN office, the fire station and the Old Accra station, were also flooded.
The Coast to Coast and Anaji Estate areas were also not spared as gushing rain water flooded marshy areas causing inconvenience to mobility in the area while roofs were also ripped off.
Plantain farms were also destroyed.
Three women, residents at Teachers Street, near St. Francis School, at Anaji Estates, who had their roofs ripped off, complained that rain water entered their houses, flooding their rooms and appealed to NADMO to assist them.
Madam Felicia Bekoe, Comfort Larbi and Madam Victoria Amedume, showed The Ghanaian Times their ripped roofs and leaking ceilings and narrated how they collected water from the floors, adding “we have been calling for carpenters to repairs our ripped roofs but no help is coming.”
From Clement Adzei Boye, Takoradi