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Heavy Rain Kills Six …In Accra, Central & Volta

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Over 7-hour heavy rain which began around 8pm on Monday into the early morning of Tuesday have left at least 6 people dead.

Two persons are feared dead after their bodies were found floating on floodwaters in Accra (Adabraka & Ridge).

Four others are said to have been electrocuted in Volta and Central regions as a result of the heavy downpour.

At Morkordze, a suburb of Sokpoe in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region, Yaa Gayi and her two grandchildren, Elolo Dofey and Morkporkpor Dofey were electrocuted during the heavy downpour.

According to reports the three were electrocuted by a live-wire whose insulation had peeled off.

The Assembly member for the area, George Asafo in an interview with Citi News said the three were looking for shelter after the downpour had torn open their roofs.

“The kind of electricity extensions they have done there was very bad. There was a main meter from which they connected to their house and somebody also connected from their house to another house and in that order.”

“The second roof that got ripped, there was some cables packed under it to the next house and as a result of the ripping off, it peeled off the coats. So as a result, the roofing sheets got electrified… they went to meet this fallen cable and it electrocuted them” he explained.

In another development, a 42-years-old taxi driver also died through electrocution at Gomoa Akramang in the Central region.

The deceased who has been identified as Kwame Sampah is reported to have died on the spot when he stepped into a stagnant water which had electricity wires in it.

A family member of the deceased Raymond Otabil, in an interview with Adom News said the deceased had gone to re-connect his power after it had gone off during the rains.

Mr Otabil attributed the sudden demise of his brother to the limited access to electricity in the Akramang community.

Citizens are therefore asking that electricity power be turned off as precautionary measures, during thunderstorms in other to protect lives and properties.

Meanwhile, many homes in the Greater Accra, Eastern, Central and Ashanti Regions had on Monday suffered a blackout following the rainstorm.

By: Grace Ablewor Sogbey/ ksogbey@gmail.com

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