An MTN billboard at the Circle-Osu taxi station in Accra, which collapsed folloeing the storm
At least of four people were reported dead, while many others sustained various degrees of injuries, with property worth millions of cedis destroyed in a rainstorm that wrecked havoc on
Saturday evening through the middle belt to the coast of the country.
In Accra, Madam Amina Yussif, a resident of Maamobi, was reported to have been struck by thunder while an unidentified body is yet to be recovered from the Maamobi drains.
Madam Yussif body has been buried.
According to Mr. Alhassan Yussif, her niece was struck by thunder when she attempted to throw rubbish away during the rainstorm. She has since been buried.
A woman and her seven-year-old daughter also died instantly when a tree fell on a shop they were in at Pedu, a suburb of Cape Coast during the rainstorm.
The tree fell across the entire stretch of road creating vehicular traffic for over an hour.
The storm also ripped-off the roofs of several buildings and pulled down bill boards in almost all the affected districts of the region with some road crashes.
A driver of a Kia truck loaded with spare parts which run into a ditch during the storm on the Cape Coast Highway, had to be rushed to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital due to the extent of injuries he sustained.
The Central Regional Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), David Honarius Mensah told the â€˜Timesâ€™ that the tree broke from its stem blocked bothe sides of the road this creating congestion.
He explained that the NADMO had to seek the assistance of other organisations to cut the log into pieces and commended the National Fire Service for their assistance.
He added that there were some minor road accidents during the period.
Mr. Mensah appealed to the government to provide a towing truck for the region to aid in the towing of vehicles during such incidents.
A strong wind accompanied by the two-hour rainstorm was reported by the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA).
Speaking to the Times in an interview in Accra yesterday, an official of the GMA said the strong winds and rain blew from Benin and Nigeria and. It headed Sunyani, then westwards to Cape Coast and Takoradi and to Cote dâ€™Ivoire.
It left in its trail massive destruction uprooted trees, torn down branches and advertisement bill boards and power lines which plunged many parts in the area, including Accra and Tema, into darkness.
When the Times visited some communities in the metropolis including the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, the Korle Bu Mortuary Road at Lartebiokorshie, Kaneshie Industrial and South Industrial areas as well as the Kanda Highway soon after the storm, it found out that some roofs had been blown off. Buildings and giant bill boards had tumbled down with some hanging dangerously in the air in many of these areas of the metropolis.
While the storm did not cause flooding in the city, it cut off power supply to many communities because power lines were also ripped off.