The Ghana Meteorological Service says it served notice of a possible downpour at about 5.38pm on Wednesday, June 3, but city authorities and disaster management agencies in the country failed to acknowledge it.
The heavy downpour in the capital, Accra, rendered several places flooded and also led to power outages in several communities. Many people were trapped indoors since the streets were flooded. The flood also caused heavy vehicular traffic at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Spintex, Kaneshie and several other places.Speaking on Ultimate FM’sTop Issue, head of research at the Meteorological Service, Charles York indicated that, “the weather warning was given at 17:38 GMT on the 3rd of June, 2015.”“You give warnings and people do not even care whatever you are going to say. People do not even take warnings seriously,” he lamented.York pointed the Ghanaian culture of dumping waste into drainages and building in waterways as some of the causes of the perennial flooding in Ghana.
He gave assurance that his outfit will keep issuing the warnings but Ghanaians should heed the caution.