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Five schools in New Juaben closed down after flood disaster

Source The Ghana Report

Five primary schools in New Juaben North Municipality in the Eastern Region have been shut down due to the flood disaster that occurred in the region over the weekend.

In a press briefing, Municipal Chief Executive Comfort Asante said the assembly took this action because the heavy downpour destroyed teaching and learning materials.

However, she indicated that measures are being implemented for Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates preparing to write their exams this month.

One person died, while the floods affected 2686, made up of 977 children and 1708 adults.

Also, 203 households have either collapsed entirely or were partially damaged.

The MCE said the assembly had mobilized relief materials to distribute to the affected persons sheltered in churches, mosques, and community centres.

The assembly is, however, appealing to groups, NGOs, and religious bodies to come to their aid.

Floods cause havoc in the Eastern region.

Many parts of the Eastern region were hit by devastating floods following three days of heavy downpour.

Major rivers -Birim, Ayensu, and Densu, have all overflown their banks, submerging homes and roads.

The Kyebi Court Complex, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) office, the Kibi Presbyterian College of Education, the Kyebi Demonstration school, and some other institutions and homes near the Birim river were seriously flooded for the first time in many decades.

It took the intervention of the Ghana National Fire Service personnel and some volunteers to rescue victims, including children trapped in schools, offices and homes.

About 100 residents of Amanase in Ayensuano District were displaced on Saturday, October 1, 2022, as the Ayensu river also overflowed its banks.

The floods entered homes, shops and almost submerged a significant part of the community.

The Akwadum stretch of the Koforidua to Suhum highway was blocked by severe floods caused by the overflow of the Densu river on Sunday, October 2, 2022.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Water Company Limited have shut down the Birim, Densu and Akyem Oda treatment plants following the weekend’s flooding.

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