Ghana – Deadly Floods in Ashanti Region

Days of heavy rainfall triggered deadly flash flooding in parts of the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

The region’s National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) said at least four people have died in the floods. Areas of Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana’s second-largest city, and surrounding districts were among the hardest hit.

Images shared on Social Media showed city streets and the New Kejetia Market inundated. Ghana News Agency (GNA), quoting NADMO sources reported over 200 people have been displaced after floods damaged homes. At least 6 people were seriously injured after some buildings collapsed.

NADMO has requested the Ghana Education Service (GES) ensure that schools in the Ashanti Region close early following the heavy rains. A high number of flood victims in Ghana are children making their way to or from school without adult supervision during periods of heavy rain. Disaster officials regularly stress a better understanding of the dangers of floods is required.

At least 12 children died in floods in the Ashanti Region in September to October 2019. Severe flooding struck the region again in 2020, including areas of Kumasi, where a young child died.

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