The Central Regional Director for the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Joseph Donkoh has appealed to the public especially those using the Cape Coast – Twifo Praso road to immediately access an alternative means of travelling.
Mr. Donkoh says “those coming from Mankessim, Cape Coast, Takoradi to Twifo Praso using the Jukwa road should find another route because they can’t go. Those from Dunkwa on Offin and Assin Fosu should do likewise because not even a human or a bicycle can cross the Jukwa road.”
His caution comes after the bridge linking the Mankessim – Cape Coast – Jukwa road caved in due to the downpour between the night and dawn of Friday and Saturday respectively.
He lamented the disgusting nature of the incident to indigenes of Hemang Lower Denkyira District, cautioning residents not to joke near the scene, especially at night.
The rains began around 6:30 pm on Friday, June 17, till around 4 am Saturday morning causing the ‘slowe’ river to flood the entire area, and breaking the bridge as a result.
The regional NADMO Director used the opportunity to advise residents on the voluminous nature of this year’s rains as the Ghana Meteorological Agency has warned.
He said people should be alert anytime it starts raining, especially those living in flood-prone areas and be mindful of the nature of land they buy as well as the kind of houses they rent.
He added that: “We thank God no lives were lost even though a lot of properties have been destroyed.”
Some residents who spoke to Onuaonline.com explained how the disaster befell them, calling on authorities to come to their aid as soon as possible.
“The rain started in the morning and as usual we thought it was a normal rain until we saw river the Slowe river flooding our houses. All my things have been washed away. Peoples houses have been broken down. Some kids have taken in some of the flood waters and need to be rushed to the hospital. Mr. President, please come to our aid,” a woman lamented.
“This is really going to affect our trading activities,” one man added.
“Those at the other end can’t even cross to this side to buy food. Students can’t go to school on Monday so the President should do something quick for us,” another woman indicated.