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Hundreds displaced in flooding at Atasemanso, six hospitalized


More than 200 residents of Atasemanso in the Kumasi Metropolis have been displaced after two days of heavy rainfall.

The rainfall also resulted in six people being hospitalized after they were trapped under collapsing structures.

Kumasi, Ghana’s second-largest city, is witnessing one of its worst moments as the authorities and residents are caught hands down, without any clue to finding a remedy to the latest flooding.

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has confirmed three people dead, including a one-year-old boy, whose lifeless body was retrieved in the Sawaba stream on Thursday afternoon.

Nana Adjei Kusi Oboadum, Assembly Member for Atasemanso, said he had notified the disaster management organization to support the affected residents.

The Unit Committee, he said, directed residents living in flood-prone areas to vacate their premises temporarily until the rains. Subsided.

Some experts have attributed perennial flooding to improper planning, accusing city authorities of negligence to duty and allowing construction of structures on waterways as well as rezoning eco-friendly buffer zones, including wetlands.

A considerable number of structures at Atasemanso are currently submerged.

Nana Kusi Oboadum decried the lukewarm attitude of the authorities to act on a proposal he had submitted for some structures sited on waterways to be demolished.

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