3 Feared Missing After Rains In Kumasi
Following a flood at Ahenema Kokoben in the Ashanti Regional capital of Kumasi, three people are believed to be missing.
For hours, much of the Garden City’s Obuasi road was inundated after nearly three hours of severe rains.
As the rain pushed the vehicle that attempted to cross, the people who were part of a group who joined a KIA truck leapt off.
“I witnessed them pleading with the truck driver to transfer them in the bucket because crossing in the rain was tough. When they arrived in the middle of the river, it had flooded, and the driver attempted to park, but the rain drew the car away. I watched the folks leap into the sea and then they vanished,” said Kwadwo Bosumuru, a local.
Many passengers were stranded for more than three hours due to the flood.
The National Disaster Management Organization had not yet been on the scene at the time of filing this report.
Residents are blaming the disaster on shoddy construction and development near rivers.
This is the second time this year that the neighborhood has flooded. Similar instances occurred in other parts of the city.
It took neighbors in Nhyiaeso, near Ahodwo, to save a man thought to be in his late forties from drowning.
After losing his balance in the water, his pickup truck was dragged into the stream.
“We arrived to find him sitting on top of the truck, the water level continuing to rise. Finally, we were able to obtain a robe, which we tossed to him and used to drag him to safety,” a local explained.
A section of the bridge that was still being built caved down as well. Attempts to enlist the assistance of authorities in the search for solutions have been fruitless.