Traders complain of poor sales after Thursday rain

The traders complained that the rains compounded the poor sales on usual days.

Kwame Nkrumah Circle after the June 9 rain

The rain which came barely a week after Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra, announced that 45 percent of work had been done by way of dredging major drains in the city has affected businesses badly, some traders and motorists at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle told

Although some had set up hoping that they could tell a different story than Thursday’s experience, others looked devastated as areas they set up and operate were in a mess. They will wait for a while with the hope that the sun will shine so they largely commence business.

The traders complained that the rains compounded the poor sales on usual days. Market has been slow on the day as they assume people may find it uncomfortable coming to town a day after the rains.

They could not fathom why authorities have still not found ways of preventing a recurrenceafter the June 3 calamity which befell the country.

A motorist who gave his name as Oppong lamented that the magnitude of the rains compelled them to halt business and perch elsewhere for safety. He was however “not so bothered” as he needed not to make sales to anyone because he owns the motorbike.

But taxi driver, Odartey’s case is different as he will have to work and hope for a favourable weather so he makes up for Thursday’s loss.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has entreated all residents of Accra, especially those in low-lying and flood prone areas to move to higher ground as the rains will continue for a while longer.

A statement released on Thursday afternoon and copied to advised residents to be “careful when crossing or wading in the flood waters” because many of the city’s major drains including the Onyasia, Odaw and Nima drains had become full.


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