The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMET) has warned that heavy rains, accompanied by strong winds, would continue into the next month.
The GMET’s warning comes on the back of last Saturday and Sunday’s heavy rains that left the southeastern parts of the country including Accra and its environs submerged.
Among the communities in the city that were swamped were areas around the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, Odawna, Graphic Road, Adabraka, Weija, SCC, Tuba Tollbooth, Kingstown, Kasoa, Adentan Commando, and Nsakina.
The Deputy Director of the GMET, Mrs Francisca Martey, who also doubles as the agency’s Head of Research and Applied Meteorology, who gave the caution also called for drains to be de-silted and also urged the public to familiarise themselves with daily weather forecasts before leaving their homes.
“People living in areas that are flood-prone must move to higher grounds or safer places in times of storms or strong winds,” Mrs Martey added.
The rains began at about 1 a.m. on Saturday, lasted about five hours, and returned in the wee hours of Sunday and went on for more than three hours. The plight of many people in the flooded communities was compounded mainly as a result of poor environmental practices, including the blockage of watercourses.
The Ghana Meteorological Agency said it was analysing why the rains were heavy this time when it had been the trend for the rains to be moderate in October.