Heavy rainfall floods parts of Accra

About three hours heavy rainfall yesterday in Accra, caused severe flooding, and disrupted activities in many parts of the capital city and beyond.

Some of the affected areas include the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange, Spintex, the Dome Pillar 2 road, the Sahara Park in Adabraka, Ablekuma, parts of Teshie, the Obetsebi Lamptey roundabout and parts of Dzorwulu.

At the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, the rains almost caused the Odaw River to overflow its banks.

A number of frightened traders run to seek shelter under the median of the interchange as others waded through the flood waters to board vehicles to their destinations.

Some passengers who were using the interchange to other destinations preferred to walk in the rain to avoid the huge traffic that has built up due to the downpour.

Commercial vehicles from the Obra Spot ‘Trotro’ Station had to wait a little longer because the floods had blocked the road leading to Paloma Bus Stop.

 The popular Las Palmas eatery, was not spared as the ravaging flood waters took over the entire ground floor forcing customers who were eating to abandon their meals for safety on the second floor of the two-storey building.

The situation was not different at the Odawna pedestrians market where goods on display were seen being carried away by the running water with their owners risking to salvage them.

Some parts of the Spintex Road were also heavily flooded forcing stores and businesses along the road to close abruptly.

Some businesses on the Flower Pot Bus Stop and Papaye Bus Stop stretch were seen sweeping water out of their stores and offices into the already flooded gutters.

To avoid any danger, some motorists parked their vehicles, and had to wait for the level of water on the road to subside before continuing their trips.

Some part of the Tema Motorway was also flooded which forced some drivers to use only the outer lane of the Tetteh Quarshie Roundabout, to Tema.

Some of the traders in anger lamented the engineering work during the development of the interchange for the floods.

 They, therefore, called on the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to seek permanent solution to the perennial flooding at the place.

On social media, some Ghanaians expressed frustration at the perennial flooding in Accra, and urged government to find permanent solution to the problem.

By EBO GORMAN

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