Accra floods: Ghana locals mourn loss on social media

The Accra floods and the Goil Fuel Station have resulted in the loss of lives and left many Ghanaian stranded. (Twitter)

The Accra floods and the Goil Fuel Station have resulted in the loss of lives and left many Ghanaian stranded. (Twitter)

The Accra floods have left hundreds of workers in the capital of Ghana stranded as the heavy downpour submerges the city. Some locals have been trapped in their houses. 

According to Ghana Insider, the rains began around 4am on Tuesday and “made it impossible for several workers and students to engage in their normal activity”.   

In a post on the Facebook page of the Communications Minister, Edward Omane Boamah, locals were urged to avoid moving drains since the torrential rains have submerged the capital city.    

“Torrential rains are not just in Accra. The Achimota sub-station is flooded.
This has led to unplanned power outage in some areas. The Ghana Armed Forces and Ghana National Fire Service etc. have been deployed to ensure free movement of people among others. Please avoid fast moving drains. If in difficulty please call for help”.   

According to reports a student of the Government Secretariat died at Agege near Dansoman in Accra after she fell into a flooded gutter on Tuesday.     

Meanwhile, the Ghana National Fire Service has confirmed that officially 75 people are dead after the Goil Fuel Station caught fire during Wednesday’s torrential rains in Accra. 

For now, it is unclear what sparked the fire at the Service Station behind the GCB Towers. The GNFS says the death toll could rise. Local residents have been sharing photos of both the fire and floods on social media.

Let’s take a look:

1. Accra floods damaged many cars and caused many deaths:

2. Floods affected daily activities in the area:

3. Left stranded:

4. Prayers continue to pour in for those who died after the Goil Fuel Station was caught on fire:

5. Cars affected by the fire:

6. Despite the fire, more heavy rains are expected:

Sthembiso Sithole

Sthembiso Sithole

Sthembiso Sithole is a social media specialist. He recently studied BA Honours in Journalism and Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2014, he obtained his journalism qualification at Tshwane University of Technology. He has achieved so much, and there are tons more he dreams of accomplishing. He has written for The Star, was a blogger for JournTau, worked at SABC as a Digital News Producer and was formerly the Mail & Guardian's social media editor. Read more from Sthembiso Sithole

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