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Two-hour downpour floods Cape Coast, businesses come to a stop

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The situation at the Kotokuraba, which NADMO described as ‘flash flood’

An early morning downpour has caused flooding in parts of Cape Coast in the Central Region, bringing commercial activities at the main central business district in the municipality to a halt.

Most shops along the Kotokuraba area have been shut as roads there have been submerged by the about two hours of rainfall which started around 10:00am Friday, TV3’s Thomas Cann reports.

The road from the Coronation Junction to the Kotokuraba market area has also been taken over by the flood; a situation our correspondent reports, has impeded vehicular movement as drivers fear being swept away.

Places like the Thursday Market around the London Bridge, Starlet 91 Road [Close to the old Agric Development Bank], and Siwedu among other places in the Cape Coast municipality have all been flooded while gutters in those areas have also overflowed their banks.

Our correspondent reports that a driver who attempted to go through the flooded road at the Kotokuraba area hit another car causing slight damage to the car, adding a few people who also dared to walk through the flood water landed in gutters with some bruises.

“Generally, some of the gutters at the flood prone areas have been overflowing,” Thomas Cann reports, adding ” It’s still raining but it is not as heavy as it started. The weather has not been too good and  it’s been drizzling  throughout the night.”
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On Thursday, Cape Coast experienced about two hours of downpour but did not cause any flooding.

‘Flash flood’

The Ghana National Fire Service has moved in to the Kotokuraba area to pump the water from the road.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Organisation has described the situation as “flash flood”, noting the water has begun receding into the sea.

The Regional Chief Disaster Manager, Emmanuel Sandy Amartey Snr told 3News Friday that officials are currently on the ground assessing the situation, which he said has so far not caused any damage to property or human life.

He said he and his team were on their way to the Kakum area to check the level of the Kakum River.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana
Twitter @steviekgh

 

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