Hundreds of people have been displaced after Friday’s dawn downpour in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis. The rains which started at 3:30am continued heavily till noon. Several households around Bakado, Kwansawrodo, Apollo and neighbouring communities have been submerged. People could be seen locked up in their homes trying to fight the rushing water into their houses with buckets and cups. Others were seen salvaging their properties from the water which had flooded their homes. The situation has been recurring with varying degree of intensity and impact. However this time round very few cases have been recorded.
The central business district (Market Circle), a major flood prone area was least affected this time. Some attributed the experience to the regular monthly sanitation exercise being undertaken.
Early Friday morning at 10 am the Mayor for the metropolis, Anthony K.K Sam together with heads of departments from the urban roads, works, NADMO, among others embarked on an inspection tour across several prone areas in the metropolis.
The inspection was also to assess the impact of a desilting and reconstruction exercise in some drains along the Kansawrodo- Ntankoful road, Nkontompo -Essaman, and Anaji Coast to Coast area – Asare Oppong School stretch. The exercise Skyy News have learnt started with an initial cost of GH 47,000.00, and is expected to be rolled out to more flood prone areas in the metropolis.
The Mayor in his remarks when he address members of the assembly, noted the desilting and reconstruction exercise was timely. Mr K.K Sam noted it would have been rather unfortunate if the assembly delayed. He said the second phase of the exercise would start soon.
Below are some pictures from the scenes.