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General News of Thursday, 4 June 2015

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Gov’t issues flood alert, emergency numbers

The Ministry of Communications has issued emergency numbers for people affected by the floods in Accra and surrounding communities needing emergency assistance to reach the authorities.

A statement issued by Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah also asked people to avoid fast moving rainwater.

He also appealed for calm and said the rains have affected the Achimota sub-station of the Electricity Company of Ghana leading to power cuts to suburbs.

Read the full statement below

As a result of the rains in and around Accra over the past two days, many suburbs of Accra and surrounding parts have been heavily affected leading to heavy restriction of movement of people.

The traffic situation has worsened on some roads, and fast flowing rainwater is also impeding vehicular movement on some others.

The Achimota sub-station has been affected by the floodwater, leading to an emergency cut in power supply to a number of communities, which were otherwise not programmed to go off tonight.

Residents are informed that personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana National Fire Service and the National Disaster Management Organisation have been deployed to intervene and provide emergency services to affected persons.

The general public is kindly advised to avoid fast moving rainwater, and areas they know have big drains. Stay on higher ground, where necessary, to prevent loss of life.

Should you require the urgent attention of any of the security and emergency services, please call any of these numbers:

0299005011

0299005084

0299005086

0299500099

Please remain calm, restrict your movement as much as possible as we work assiduously to address this national emergency.

Signed:

Dr. Edward Omane Boamah

Minister for Communications

Accra.