Ghana – Flash Flooding Hits Ashanti Region

Local media in Ghana are reporting that at least one person has died after flash flooding in Obuasi Municipality in the Ashanti region, southern Ghana.

Flooding struck in Obuasi after a downpour lasting around 2 hours on Wednesday, 15 May, 2019. Reports said areas affected included Brahabebome, Tutuka and Akaporiso.

This is one of several spates of flash flooding to affect the country since March this year. At least 12 people died in flooding in the capital Accra in early April.

Various parts of Ghana have seen periods of heavy rain from 13 May, 2019. According to WMO figures, Akatsi in Volta Region saw heavy rain from 13 to 14 May, recording 69 mm in 24 hours. The capital Accra recorded 75 mm and Tema in Greater Accra recorded 52 mm during the same period. Axim in Western Region recorded 110.9 mm in 24 hours to 14 May.

Saltpond in Central Region recorded 51 mm in 24 hours to 15 May. Tamale in Northern Region saw 58 mm of rain in 24 hours to 16 May and Akatsi recorded 55 mm during the same period.