[Photos] Heavy Rainfall Floods Parts Of Koforidua Zongo
Hours of heavy rain last Thursday and Friday left parts of Koforidua Zongo in the New Juaben South municipality in the Eastern Region flooded.
The drains could not carry huge volumes of water because they were choked with sand, black polythene bags and plastic materials.
A house affected by the flood
The affected areas included Alhaji Issah Contractor, Achiguda, Mallam Fari, Musco, Alaafia and Zongo market areas, all in Community A, B and C electoral areas in the Koforidua Zongo.
The floods destroyed property worth thousands of cedis and displaced scores of people from their homes, and they had to stay with their friends and other relatives to keep safe.
When the Daily Graphic visited the affected places last Saturday, it observed that the areas had been inundated with water and displaced scores of people.
Residents spent hours scooping the water that entered their rooms and shops, as well as containers and kitchens.
Checks by the Daily Graphic also revealed that many drains constructed in the past were too small and poorly constructed to receive huge volumes of water that gushed into them during torrential rains.
One of the affected houses inundated with flood waters
Some affected residents expressed concern about the situation and appealed to the government to come to their aid to find a lasting solution to the perennial flooding in the municipality.
A resident, Hajia Nafisah Abdulai, said she had been badly affected by the floods. She told the Daily Graphic that she had no other place to live.
“I have severally reported the flooding situation in the area to the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for New Juaben South Mr Isaac Appaw-Gyasi, but no action has been taken yet.
She appealed to the government to immediately construct proper drains in the area to stop the perennial flooding that confronted the zongo community.
According to her, it was not the first time the area had been flooded, adding that she had spent the night collecting water which had entered her kitchen and room destroying many valuable things.
A tenant trying to redirect the flood waters from her home