Shocking! Sand causes blockage of Kasoa-Accra highway

This was as a result of rains which had been persistent throughout the day.

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The heavy vehicular traffic to and from Kasoa on Sunday evening was caused by sand from a nearby hill washed unto the road, Communications Minister, Edward Omane Boamah has said.

This was as a result of rains which had been persistent throughout the day.

A statement signed by Dr. Omane Boamah cautioned motorists to “drive slowly and carefully and respect road traffic measures in place while the emergency services work to clear the sand.”

It also advised the public to avoid taking shelter at flammable locations to avoid a recurrence of the June 3, 2015 flood and inferno disasters.

“Officials of NADMO, the Fire Service and Police have inspected the road and identified sand from the nearby hills washed unto the road by the rains as the cause of the blockade of the Kasoa- Accra bound end of the highway.

Motorists are advised to drive slowly and carefully and respect road traffic measures in place while the emergency services work to clear the sand,” the statement said.

Ghana was on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 hit with flood and fire disasters which claimed over 200 lives and destroyed properties worth thousands of Ghana cedis.

The Goil filling station, close to the main Nkrumah Circle branch of the Ghana Commercial Bank, was completely razed down by fire in a havoc that lasted several hours. The fire, which started some few minutes past 10pm, spread to nearby structures where people were seeking refuge from the heavy downpour.

Below is the full statement by Dr. Omane Boamah

FLOOD/ EMERGENCY ALERT

The rains have yet again been persistent throughout the day, with forecasts showing that it may continue into the morning, along the coast. There are also reported thunderstorms expected in the middle and northern belts.

As the rains pour, the ground is getting saturated, and there will be isolated floods in a number of locations. Some roads will also have flowing water, requiring that motorists be careful and alert.

Residents are advised to avoid walking or driving through fast running water currents, and preferably remain on higher ground or park at safer locations.

Please avoid taking shelter at flammable locations.

Meanwhile, traffic to and from Kasoa is moving slowly but steadily. Officials of NADMO, the Fire Service and Police have inspected the road and identified sand from the nearby hills washed unto the road by the rains as the cause of the blockade of the Kasoa- Accra bound end of the highway.

Motorists are advised to drive slowly and carefully and respect road traffic measures in place while the emergency services work to clear the sand.

Dr. Edward Omane Boamah 
Minister for Communications 

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