Four Lives Lost; NADMO cautions Individuals against wading through flood waters.

NADMO cautions Individuals against wading through flood waters

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has cautioned the general public against wading through flood waters to their destination during a rainfall event.

This announcement comes after four bodies were recovered from four different towns in the Ashanti Region.

Wednesday’s downpour claimed the lives of four people. Ashanti regional Director of NADMO, Frank Duodu urged the public to prioritise their personal safety and heed the warnings of the Ghana Meteorological Agency(GMA).

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While speaking in an interview with Citi FM, he stressed that Ghanaians adhered to forecasts made by the GMA and added that people avoid flood-prone areas.

“It is crucial that we adhere to the forecasts provided by the Meteo Agency. If it is unnecessary to venture into flood-prone areas, it is strongly advised to avoid doing so.”

Mr Duodu advised individuals to seek refuge in elevated areas during a storm event and desist from wading through runoff to their destination.

Reflecting on the recent tragic events, he remarked, “While it is advisable to find higher ground when rain is imminent, it is essential that we do not overlook the severity of the situation as witnessed on Wednesday. Opting to traverse floodwaters, despite the area being submerged, only exacerbates the risks involved.”

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On Wednesday, June 21, four individuals lost their lives in Atafoa, Sepaase, and Tafo, all located in the Ashanti Region, due to drowning. 

In a tragic turn of events, the brother of one of the victims in the Atafoa incident tragically perished on Thursday, June 22, while attempting to retrieve the deceased from the river.