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Hours of rain causes flooding in some parts of Tamale and Sagnarigu

Several hours of rainfall across the Northern Region has resulted in flooding in parts of the Tamale Metropolis and Sangnarigu.

Monday morning’s intense rains caused havoc in communities such as Gumani, Nyanshegu, Fuo, Taha and Kanvili-Tuunaayili among others. The downpour which started at about 8:45 am on Monday, August 30th, continued until about 1:00 pm in the afternoon affecting communities including Kalariga, Lamashegu South, parts of Changli, Kakpagyili, Lamankara, Bugyili, Taha-Yapala, parts of Vitting and Kulnyenvila.

Residents were left in despair as the downpour flooded residential homes and in some cases blocked access to routes living persons in those neighborhoods trapped in doors for hours.

“We were preparing to go out for our daily bread when the rains poured in – it’s been raining since and the drains are all overflowing and running into our homes as you can witness,” Afa Abukari, a worried resident of Nyanshegu recounted to Diamond News.

He said they have been trapped indoors and are unable go out for fear of being carried away by the gushing waters.

Some walls also collapsed due to the downpour, which also peeled off the surface of some roads in the vicinity creating dangerous potholes that endangered the motoring publics.

Floods in parts of Tamale are perennial and residents in the affected communities are blaming the situation on lack of drainage systems and want the city authorities to quickly intervene.

Mma Sanatu Inusah also at Fuo near Taha where Diamond News visited said construction of a bridge to link the community to others, had slowed down and this has affected their movements. She wants urgent attention to be given to the flooding situation before it gets worse in the area.

Story By: Alhassan Yakubu

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