Friday, June 5, 2015

Flood disaster profile of Ghana since 1968

July 4, 1968
Accra records heaviest rainfall in 9 years

Accra registered a record rainfall of five inches in the last nine years.

A spokesman for the Meteorological Services said the heaviest rain ever recorded in the city fell in June 1959, when a volume of 7.56 inches was registered. The rain nearly brought normal life in the city to a standstill, with offices and shops closed and schoolchildren taking a French leave.

June 29, 1971
Houses collapse in the Twin-City

The twin-city of Sekondi-Takoradi saw one of the worst floods in Ghana in recent years following a downpour which started at night. Several hundreds of dwelling houses collapsed, rendering thousands of people homeless.

July 5, 1995

Flood havoc

Rains which started at midnight caused flooding by morning in low areas of the Accra metropolis. The flood not only affected commuters and vehicles but also the Achimota VRA substation, resulting in power cuts.

June 13, 1997

Accra floods

Hours of intermittent downpour for two days in Accra caused floods which threatened to cut communication in various parts of the city. Some roads in the metropolis were affected, making it difficult for motorists to ply them.

Major rivers such as the Odaw and Onyasia appeared on the brink of breaking their banks, forcing some residents to desert their homes for higher and safer grounds.

The water in these rivers rose steadily when the rain started about 3 p.m., raising fears of a possible flood disaster as happened on July 4, 1995 and claimed lives and property.

In 1999

In 1999, floods swept through the Upper West the Upper East and the Northern regions, as well as the northern parts of the Brong Ahafo and the Volta regions.

Three hundred thousand people were affected.

June 28, 2001

Floods Again

It is the worst in Accra since July 4, 1995

An early morning downpour submerged portions of the city, with many houses and structures at Madina, Achimota, Dzorwulu, Avenor, Santa Maria and Adabraka Official Town being affected. Residents of the affected areas who were trapped by the flood waters had to climb to safety on trees and rooftops until they were rescued or the flood waters subsided.

In 2007

In 2007, floods hit the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions. Three hundred and seven thousand, one hundred and twenty-seven people were affected.

May 5, 2010

Rains cause havoc

In Central Accra, Ofankor and Begoro The country’s capital city’s vulnerability to floods manifested when parts of the city and its streets were deeply submerged in water after two hours of stormy rains.

June 22, 2010

Nation’s worst flood disaster

Death toll 35 Thirty-five bodies were retrieved from flood waters across the country by volunteers and rescue workers who described the havoc after the rains as the worst flood disaster in Ghana’s recent history.

June 24, 2010

Swedru cut off by floods

Three bridges connecting the Agona Swedru municipality to neighbouring communities collapsed as a result of the flooding.

June 26, 2010

NADMO registers 3,000 flood victims in Agona Swedru

At least 3,000 people were registered by officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) as victims of floods in the Agona West municipality in the Central Region.

October 14, 2010

Floods displace 161,000 nationwide

One hundred and sixty-one thousand people were displaced across the country as a result of flooding during torrential rains and the opening of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso.

October 18, 2010

Floods submerge 55 communities

Fifty-five communities in the Central Gonja District in the Northern Region, including parts of the district capital, Buipe, were submerged by flood waters following the overflow of the Volta Lake.

November 2, 2010

Floods cause havoc in Afram Plains

Two thousand and eight hundred people in 120 villages and towns along the Volta Lake in the Kwahu East, Kwahu South and Kwahu North districts in the Eastern Region were rendered homeless by floods.

The floods also destroyed 850 buildings, farms, markets and roads.

February 24, 2011

Heavy rains cause havoc in Accra

A downpour wreaked extensive havoc on property in most parts of Accra and some of its surrounding communities.

The property of residents of areas such as Adabraka, Kisseman, Alajo Junction, A-Lang at Santa Maria, Oyarifa, Haatso, Adenta and the Tema Timber Market were either submerged or washed away.

According to an official of the Meteorological Services Agency, Ms Felicity Ahasianyo, the rainfall, which began from 9.30 p.m. to almost 3 a.m., measured 71.5 mm, which she described as quite heavy.

July 20, 2011

Heavy floods in Atiwa District

Farmers stranded for 3 days About 10 hours of torrential rain left 105 farmers stranded on farms at Akyem Osoroase Krobomu in the Atiwa District in the Eastern Region.

July 25, 2011

Floods kill 5 at Atiwa, cause damage in other areas

Five persons drowned after rains which caused floods in the Atiwa District in the Eastern Region.

November 1, 2011

43,000 displaced by Accra floods...14 deaths recorded

The death toll in Accra rose to 14, while 43,087 people were said to have been affected by the downpour, officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) said.

May 31, 2013

Morning downpour causes floods in Accra

Heavy rains caused flooding in some parts of Accra. The rains, which started in some areas around 4.30 a.m., flooded areas such as the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Darkuman Kokompe, the Obetsebi Lamptey Circle and portions of the Graphic Road, Santa Maria and the Dansoman Roundabout.

June 6, 2014

Deluge hits Accra, more rains predicted

Accra’s poor planning was exposed when a deluge hit the national capital after more than10 hours of downpour.

The heavy rains caused flooding in the city and its environs, including Adabraka, Awoshie, the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Mallam, North Kaneshie, Abeka, Dansoman and Odorkor.

July 4, 2014

Heavy rains leave havoc in trail

Heavy rains resulted in havoc, with the worst hit areas in Accra such as Anyaa, Taifa, Dome, Nii Boi Town, Dansoman, some parts of Kaneshie, Adabraka, Awoshie, the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Mallam, Abeka, Dansoman and Odorkor submerged.

President John Dramani Mahama opens new factory for Blue Skies Ghana

His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama has officially opened a new factory for Blue Skies in Ghana.

This new state-of-the-art facility is located on the doorstep of the company’s two factories in Dobro near to Nsawam, and will enable Blue Skies to expand its juice business and launch exciting new products in Ghana and around the world. The President was joined by a host of dignitaries including Paramount Chief of Aburi traditional area, Nana Otubuor Djan Kwesi II, the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Jon Benjamin, and the Dutch High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. Hans Docter.

The new factory will create 300 new jobs for Blue Skies, in addition to the 2,500 people who work at the neighbouring fresh cut factory. It will mean Blue Skies will directly provide work for 2,700 Ghanaians, affirming its status as one of the biggest employers in the private sector in Ghana.

The facility has been financed by Blue Skies with support from the Dutch Government’s PSI (Private Sector Investment) Programme.

To mark the occasion and to symbolise the company’s drive for innovation, Blue Skies will also today officially mark the introduction of three new juice products; Still Lemonade, Sugarcane, Ginger and Lime and Tropicoco; a blend of coconut water, mango and passion fruit.

Founder and Chairman Anthony Pile said “With this new factory we believe we are playing an important part in the bid to crush poverty and to lift this economy and prospects for this great country. We are supporting the important demographic objective of retaining people in the rural areas where there is more opportunity anyway to put this country where it needs to be – agriculturally and economically - out in front.”

KP Boateng, Atsu send prayers to Ghana after disaster

A host of African footballing personalities have taken to social media to express their solidarity with the victims of the recent petrol station tragedy in Accra

Kevin-Prince Boateng is just one high-profile football star to have taken to social media to send his thoughts and condolences to those affected by the Accra petrol station disaster.

At least 150 people were killed on Wednesday night in a blaze at a petrol station in the Ghanaian capital.

It is believed that many of the victims were sheltering from the incredible downpours that have been affecting the country over the last few days when the fire broke out.

The conditions impeded rescue efforts and may indeed have caused the inferno, according to the BBC, with water mixing with the fuel to create a flammable area around the gas station.

The heavy rain has also left many without power and has resulted in swathes of the population being left homeless, although the true extent of the damage and the impact of the rains are yet to be seen.

President John Dramani Mahama has announced three days of national mourning to remember those caught up in the petrol station disaster, which he described as ‘catastrophic’.

Writing on his @KPBOfficial Twitter handle, Boateng wrote: “Pray for all the people [sic] in Ghana #accrafloods”

Another high-profile Black Star, Christian Atsu, who recently completed a loan move from Chelsea to Bournemouth, had the following to say on his @ChristianAtsu20 account: “My thoughts & prayers are with the victims of the explosion in Accra & their families. Awful tragedy! God bless All.”

His sympathy was shared by Cameroon international and Galatasaray centre-back Aurelien Chedjou, who wrote: “Pray for Ghana, these images are terrible, a thought for the bereaving families” on his @AurelienChedjou handle.

Ex-Ghana defender Hans Sarpei and midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong both shared the hashtag: #PrayForGhana on their @HansSarpei and @IAMFRIMPONG handles respectively.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ghana Meteorological Service warns Ghanaian of more rains

Ghanaians will have to brace themselves for more rains as an observed thunderstorm is said to be heading towards Ghana from Benin.

According to the Ghana Meteorological Service, the rains will be more intense from now till the second week of June.

Some parts of the capital have been submerged in water while scores have lost their lives in the floods which worsened on Wednesdays night.

Director General of the Ghana Meteorological Service Group Captain Komla speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show said that the rainy trend will continue for the next two days and perhaps extend into the second week of June.

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“It is expected that the Southern part of the country will definitely experience some more heavy rains today,” he added.

According to him, the major rainy season of Ghana is between May and July followed by September-October which is the minor rainy season.

GOIL fire kills over a hundred

About a hundred people died as a result of a fire at the GOIL fuel station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra amidst a heavy rainfall on Wednesday.

Some bodies were pulled out of cars which had been parked at the station but it is suspected that most of the deceased were seeking shelter from the rain.

UPDATED: Accra Floods; Death Toll Climbs To Nearly 200...In Goil Filling Station Fire

The death toll in Wednesday's floods-induced fuel station fire disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, has climbed to nearly 200. 

Officials of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) initially put the death toll at 96, but more bodies were recovered from the scene Thursday morning. 

A GOIL fuel filling station located near the GCB bank towers at Circle in Accra exploded after it caught fire unexpectedly, destroying several houses and shops including a drugstore and a forex bureau.

Several vehicles parked at the fuel station and commuters who were taking shelter during the rainstorm at the filling station and bus stop all perished in the explosion.

Scattered burnt bodies, debris from burnt houses, vehicles and goods were evidence of Wednesday’s blazing fire that is said to have happened around 10pm. 

It is unclear what could have started the fire but Agya Kwabena, Peace FM's Senior Reporter, who was at the scene, quotes eyewitnesses as saying the fire trapped many who had sought refuge from the torrential rains that had cut off several communities from major roads.

According to him, the police, military and NADMO officers are still on a rescue mission, as the nation still counts the cost.

Meanwhile, some of the victims who survived the inferno after being rescued have been admitted at the 37 Military Hospital for treatment of burns.

Time to widen tax net— Rev Agormeda, Head of North American Mission Royal House Chapel

• Rev Emmanuel Agormeda — Passionate about Ghana’s economic rebound 

The Head of the Royal House Chapel, Maryland Mission, United States of America (USA), Reverend Emmanuel Agormeda, has called on the authorities to widen the tax net to enable more people outside the tax bracket to honour their obligations to the state.

According to him, to solve the dire financial challenges of the state, there is the need to rake in the needed funds from all legitimate sources to cure the financial challenges facing the country.
Rev. Agormeda, who made the call in an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra last Tuesday, said, “We need to put more people into the tax bracket because that is what is done in the USA and elsewhere and we can also do it”.

Against this background, he asked that the street naming exercise be intensified, while efforts to complete the national identification system is completed to make it easy for people to be traced and taxed accordingly. 

Rev. Agormeda is in the country to take part in the upcoming youth conference of the church on the theme; “Born a Winner”.

“We need the people to contribute to national growth and they can be traced if the identification system works right,” he said, adding, “Once we have the revenue, we will be in a better stead to solve our problems”.

Until this year, tax revenues have fallen short of target because of the limited number of people, institutions and businesses that pay tax.

Revenue shortfalls

The country’s inability to rake in the needed domestic revenue from taxes has forced it to resort to heavy borrowing both internally and externally.

According to the Monetary Policy Committee (report) for May, 2015, for instance, the country’s total public sector debt stock of the country stood at GH¢88.2 billion at the end of March 2015, representing 65.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). 

Of the total public debt, domestic debt constituted 41.4 per cent and external debt 58.6 per cent. Much as the public debt is gradually reducing, Rev. Agormeda was of the view that raising internal revenue could help deal with the gaps. 

“So as I said, we must devote greater attention to the widening of the tax net to be able to raise more funds.”

We must all support Appiah — Apostle General Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah

The Apostle General of the Royal House Chapel, Rev Sam Korankye Ankrah,  has stated that the only tribute Ghanaians could pay to honour former Black Stars captain, Stephen Appiah, is to troop to the Accra Sports Stadium in their numbers on June 7, 2015 to support him when he formally hangs his boots.

The clergyman after welcoming Appiah and his entourage to his residence when they paid a courtesy call on him last Tuesday, noted that Appiah had been a dedicated servant of the nation for the past 24 years  and that  “It was time Ghanaians honoured individuals who committed themselves to the nation”.
 "You have served the nation for the past 24 years leading the Black Stars to two World Cup tournaments where they impressed and made all Ghanaians proud.

Your legendary and inspirational leadership on the football pitch whenever the Black Stars played, united all segments of our society. I, therefore, urge all Ghanaians to use Appiah's testimonial football match to make a statement that we will cherish and honour our own while they are alive." he stressed.

Rev. Ankrah further said the habit of not honouring national heroes was a "curse" which must be broken on June 27, 2015 in order to move the nation forward.
Stephen Appiah, himself a member of the Royal House Chapel revealed that he had consulted Rev. Ankrah before deciding to organise a fund-raising dinner on June 26 at the Banquet Hall of the State House as well as the testimonial match on 27, 2015.

He also used the occasion to officially invite Rev. Ankrah to the two events, the fund-raising dinner and testimonial match and thanked him for his guidance and blessings throughout his career.
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Accra Floods: The Goil Filling Station Inferno death toll, 100 confirmed dead. Photos and Video

More than 100 bodies including a girl believed to be one-year-old have been retrieved at the Goil Fuel Station that exploded during Wednesday’s torrential rains in Accra.

The Ghana National Fire Service has confirmed that the number of dead bodies could rise as the salvage operation continues.

It is, however, unclear what sparked the inferno at the Service Station behind the GCB Towers and opposite the Vienna City night club.

Meanwhile, people helping the security services in the rescue operation are telling Starr News that about 96 charred bodies have been found.

Starr News’ Asabea Akornor who is at the scene reports that the police are still counting and bringing out the victims from their respective homes around the scene of the outbreak.

The inferno followed hours of heavy downpour in the capital that led to power outages in several communities.

Accra is flooded following torrential rains that continued for several hours.

Hundreds of workers in the capital were left stranded at their work places as the heavy downpour submerged the city.

Aftermath of Accra Flood 

Aftermath of Accra Flood 

Aftermath of Accra Flood 

Aftermath of Accra Flood 

Aftermath of Accra Flood 

Aftermath of Accra Flood 

Aftermath of Accra Flood 

Flooded room 

Flooded room 

Flooded room 

Aftermath of Accra Flood 

Burnt Goil filling station in Circle at Accra 

Burnt Goil filling station in Circle at Accra 

Burnt Goil filling station in Circle at Accra 

Aftermath of Accra Flood 

Aftermath of Accra Flood

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