E/R: Ten declared missing after heavy rains cause floods

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The Eastern Region Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Kwame Appiah Kodua, has confirmed that five deaths were recorded over the weekend in four districts of the Region.

He explained that 10 more have been declared missing in the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality.

A total of 17 Municipal and District Assemblies were also affected by the floods.

Details of the death rate are New Juaben North Municipality 2, New Juaben South Municipality 1, Denkyembour 1, Akyemansa 1.

Three rivers in the Region – Birem, Densu and Ayensu – overflowed their banks.

Several households were, thus, affected and hundreds of persons displaced.

At Akwadum in the New Juaben North Municipality, 45 mud houses collapsed.

Affected residents have lost properties worth millions.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for New Juaben North, Nana Adjei Boateng, blames the havoc largely on poor drains and illegal mining activities.

Municipal Chief Executive for New Juaben Comfort Asante concedes building on water ways was partly a problem.

She pointed out that several house owners have already been prosecuted at the court.

“We will take action. You have no idea the number of people we are prosecuting at the court for building on water ways.”

The Akwadum bridge over the Densu River was worse affected.

The Regional Highway Director, Ing. Patrick Okoto, explained to 3news.com that the solution to the matter lies within all the allied agencies.

“Every time it rains, the places get flooded. All of us have work to do to resolve it.”

NADMO’s regional boss Kwame Appiah Kodua says assessment of the devastation across the region has not ended yet.

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“17 MMDAs have been affected across the Eastern Region as a result of the floods from Friday, September 30 to Monday, October 3 2022. Five deaths have been recorded in four of the districts. Whiles 10 persons have been declared missing.”

By Yvonne Neequaye|3news.com|Ghana