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Floods kill 7-year-old boy at Asokwa

A 7-year-old boy, Atta Prosper, has been washed away by floods at Asokwa in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi.

This follows a heavy downpour on Thursday, 24 September 2020 around 5.30 pm.

The rains and accompanying storm ripped off the roofs of buildings in the area.

It also displaced some residents.

Confirming the incident to otecnews on Friday September 25, 2020, the Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) for the area, Eric Nana Akosah, said some of the affected communities included Kaase, Ahensan, Atonsu among others.

He said: “Yesterday evening, the rains that poured around 5.30 to 6pm have caused a lot of havoc around Asokwa, Atonso; it was not easy.

What’s disturbing is that a 7-year-old child at Asokwa, called Atta Prosper, was washed away by the floods.

His body was found around the Shell filling station around the overhead at the streets that lead to Anloga.”

He revealed that the body of the 7-year-old boy has been deposited at the morgue.

Mr Akosah further reiterated NADMO’s appeal to residents to stop dumping refuse in waterways to curb the further occurrence of such disasters.

He also appealed to the residents to stop dumping refuse in drains, so as to allow free flow of the rainwater, especially during the rainy season, as more rains are expected.

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