Heavy rains brought chaos and severe damage in Accra and other parts of Ghana on Saturday (June 23rd).
GV Flooded Odaw river PAN TO crowd on bridge (2 shots)
GV PAN Cars in flooded area
GV Partially collapsed houses
GV & SV Possessions laid out to dry (2 shots)
GV & SV Man clearing silt from garage forecourt
GV Floodwaters around railway quarters (2 shots)
GV Families standing by belongings
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Background: Heavy rains brought chaos and severe damage in Accra and other parts of Ghana on Saturday (June 23rd). The long period or drought, which has deeply affected West Africa, was brought to an end in Ghana with nearly two inches of rain on the morning of 21st June, and there was another heavy fall on the following day.
The River Odaw overflowed its banks in Accra and a car carrying passengers is believed to have been swept away. In the nearby suburb of Alaajo some of the houses collapsed as a result of the continuous downpour. One of the worst affected areas was the staff quarters of the Ghana Railway Corporation in Accra where more than 500 people were marooned.
The Greater Accra Regional Commissioner, Lieutenant Colonel P.K. Habadah, waded through four foot of water to visit some of the stranded families, and the Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, urged the Railway Corporation to improve drainage.
Other areas have been badly affected, with communications between major cities out and many made homeless.
SYNOPSIS: Heavy rains brought chaos and damage in Accra and other parts of Ghana on Saturday. West Africa's long drought was brought to an end in Ghana by heavy downpours from Wednesday onwards. A car and its passengers are thought to have been swept away by the swollen waters of the River Adaw.
Communications between major cities were cut and many families made homeless. Roads to Accra were impassable for some time, and heavy rainfall was recorded in other parts of the country. The Central Region Commissioner, Commander J.K. Amedume, has set up a relief committee to look after the flood victims.
The staff quarters of the Ghana Railway Corporation in Accra were particularly badly affected, with five hundred marooned and floodwaters four feet deep. Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong personally visited the scene and recommended drainage improvements.