Koforidua: 17 Houses Collapse In Landslide And Flood Disaster

Seventeen houses have collapsed in a landslide and flood disaster that has hit Aboabo and some parts of the New Juaben municipality of the Eastern region.

This is the second time the regional capital has been hit with the twin disaster.

The landslide which occurred at Aboabo, a community near Koforidua carried heavy rocks from the mountains through farms to the community with a distance of about 6kilometers.

The landslide has also destroyed several cocoa farms and food crops.

The landslide crushed an entire house which cannot be traced, fortunately, occupants of the building had left for church service.

A family of four in one of the affected buildings were, however, rescued.

Assembly man for Aboabo Electoral area Hon. Samuel Tettey in an interview said the incident occurred after an earth tremor which shook the entire community.

He said residents are devastated and need government help them relocate.

The Eastern regional NADMO coordinator, Ransford Owusu Boakye who led a team of NADMO officials to inspect the affected areas told Starr News that the two landslides accompanying the floods in the regional capital is a call for safety measures.

He said the Eastern regional disaster management committee will meet this week to consult the geological department for advice on those living on the slopes of mountains in the municipality.

Meanwhile, many communities in the New Juaben Municipality including Nyamekrom, Asokore ,Abrewankwata ,Zongo ,Nsukawo ,Effiduase and two streams have been flooded after the heavy downpour on Sunday.

Scores of residents have been affected especially at Nyamekrom where the Okomin River has overflown its banks.

A shell fuel filling station at Abrewankwanta round-about was also flooded leading to leakage of fuel float on the flood waters. The filling station has since been shut down while Power supply to the area has been cut off to avoid fire outbreak.

The New Juaben Municipality has been hit severally with floods in the last few months which has claimed 2 lives.

Over 3,900 residents were affected, according to Assessment by the National Disaster Management organization.

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