From Kwesi Alfred Adams, Takoradi
The Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis was thrown into a state of mourning, as several hours of heavy downpour on Friday led to the death of five people from the same family.
Some parts of the city also experienced blackouts, while some roads were blocked to prevent accidents due to heavy vehicular traffic.
Reports from an eyewitness indicate that the deceased persons come from the same family and reside in Ngyiresia, a fishing community in the Metropolis. Their names were given as Auntie Ama, 17, Emmanuel Annan, 7, Beatrice Annan, Ama Dekye, 13, and a year old baby.
The eyewitness said that the intensity of the rain caused a big tree to fall on the roof of a building, which served as home to the deceased persons. This resulted in the death of the five and injury to one person.
Clement Arhin, 9, who was also in the room, survived the tragedy. He was, however, rushed to the Essikado Government Hospital after he sustained minor injuries.
Information from the police and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) revealed that the rescue efforts came late, considering the intensity of the rain, resulting in the tragedy.
Apart from the casualties, parts of the metropolis were plunged into total darkness following the flooding of the Power Distribution Services (PDS) sub-power station in Sekondi.
The substation, which supplies power to most parts of the metropolis, was submerged by the heavy downpour, compelling the managers of PDS to put off the power.
In a statement signed and issued by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of PDS, the company said, “Our substation in Sekondi, which supplies most part of Takoradi with power, is flooded due to the heavy downpour experienced today.
“As part of measures to protect lives and properties, the substation has been switched off till the situation is brought under control. We are working tirelessly to restore power to the areas affected. We regret the inconvenience.”
Late on Saturday, the company issued another statement indicating that it had removed a significant amount of water from the submerged substation.
“Our engineers are working on the machines that have been damaged in the process, and power would be restored in a short time.”
As at the time of filing the story, the parts of the metropolis, which had been plunged into total darkness, had been hooked back onto the grid.
The Chronicle can also report that the heavy downpour exposed the poor physical drainage works in the metropolis.
The roads were fully submerged, making it extremely difficult for vehicles to access them. The Apremdo-Anaji dual carriage recently constructed was significantly submerged exposing the road to danger.