Ghana – Deadly Flash Floods in Ashanti Region

Flash floods hit parts of Ashanti Region in southern Ghana following heavy rain from 24 September.

Local media reported severe flooding in the region including the capital, Kumasi. Flooding caused damage to homes and infrastructure in several areas of the city including Kaase, Ahensan and Atonsu. One person, believed to be a young boy, died after being swept away by flood waters in the Asokwa neighbourhood of the city.

Local disaster officials appealed to residents to stop dumping refuse in waterways and drains in order to curb the further occurrence of such disasters.

At least 12 children died in similar flooding incidents in Ashanti Region last year. Many of the children drowned while making their way to or from school during periods of heavy rain. At the time disaster officials said a better understanding of the dangers of floods is required.

Severe flooding has affected northern areas of the country, in particular in Upper East Region, and Northern and North East Regions since August this year.