People in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region were thrown into a state of shock and mourning when two people lost their lives after a heavy downpour.
This incident happened on 22nd August,2019 and after Thursday’s rainfall that lasted for more than 6 hours got the Pelungu-Sekoti Bridge flooded. An unidentified stout man in his early 50’s and a woman identified only as a native of Nyogbare got drowned in the river that connects Pelungu to Sekoti. Both were travelling in a tricycle popularly known as Mahama Camboo. According to the camboo driver who only gave his name as Abugre said the strong waves of the water carried them into the river when they attempted to cross.
“The water from the other side of the bridge came with strength and before we could move faster, we were already in the big river. I managed and grabbed the shrubs and saved myself but the other people were carried away.”
“I thought I could manage my way through with them because I have been passing here and I know the road but I didn’t know that it would go this way.” Mr. Abugri narrated.
The arrival of the NADMO team and the Ghana Red Cross Society community support team gave hope to the people as they joined them to search for the drowned people. The search continued for 3 hours until the two bodies were found at different locations.
The District Chief Executive, Agnes Anamoo also arrived later at the scene upon receipt of the information via phone call. But she could not stand the sorrow that was boldly written on the people’s faces at the scene. She finally bursts into tears.
An eye witness, Mr.Dokbila Sampana narrated his side of the incident to the Member of Parliament, Dr. Mark Kurt Nawaane when he also arrived.
“I was standing at the other side of the road when they arrived. The driver came down from the camboo, looked at the water and entered the camboo and started the engine. Then the water washed them into the river when they moved.”
The District Director of NADMO Mr.Edward Ndanbon who appeared very sad and worried admonished people to be cautious with flowing water bodies. He again, cautioned motor bike users, especially the tricycle (motor king) and ‘camboo’ users and also drivers of commercial vehicles not to underrate the strength of waters but consider their lives first.
The Pelungu Sekoti Bridge has in the past recorded several of such incidences during the rainy seasons. It is the same route that links many communities from Sekoti, Nyogbare and Kulpeliga to the Pelungu Market, which is the biggest market in the District. The bodies of the deceased were deposited at the Regional Hospital Morgue in Bolgatanga the regional capital of Upper East.
By: Peter Agengre