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3 persons found dead after car plunges into gutter

Source The Ghana Report

Three missing persons have been found dead after their car dived into a flooded gutter near the Abattoir Bridge on the Tema Motorway during heavy rains.

The driver, Noel Adams, now deceased, according to family members, was last seen alive on Saturday, May 26, 2024.

According to the family report,  Adams had picked up two girls from Tema and was heading towards Accra.

Upon reaching the Abattoir Bridge, the area was heavily flooded, blurring his vision, and he navigated forcefully through the water.

Unfortunately, their car veered off the road and fell into the gutter.

The submerged vehicle was discovered by pedestrians, who later notified the police.

Upon inspection, the car was found empty, prompting further searches.

According to eyewitnesses, libations were poured at the scene, which led to the recovery of one body from the water.

The body of the second passenger was discovered at Tema Community 19.

However, Adams’ body was discovered days later at a beach at Klagon.

It was suspected that Adam had attempted to exit the vehicle because the windscreen was broken, and his door was open when the car was found.

His body is believed to have been washed away by the floodwaters.

The identities of the two passengers are yet to be established.

This is not the first time heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc recently.

Two young men narrowly escaped death after the entire roofing of a building fell on their car at Teshie in Accra during a downpour on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

This left them trapped under the rubble.

Meanwhile, the acting Director-General of the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet), Dr. Eric Asuman, has advised the public to pay heed to the notices from the agency concerning rainfall across the country or in specific regions.

According to him, whenever the public disregards any notice from the agency, it results in severe flash flooding due to inadequate preparation.

“Members of the public need to be more cautious now because the rains will be intense and we can only save ourselves when we have information; and that is why we need to take the forecasts from GMet, monitor it closely, and take the necessary precautions.

“About a week or two ago, GMet gave a warning about rainfall and possible flooding, but it took a little bit of time before it hit Accra; and this was because the speed slowed down at a point.

“But people thought it was not going to happen, but it came around 4 p.m. and caused a lot of trouble to people. We should respect these warnings and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves,” he stressed in an interview with the media at the opening session of a regional workshop on Urban Flash Flood Forecasting System (UFFFS) organised for the six countries within the Volta Basin in Accra.

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