Vibrant business activities in Accra’s core aftermarket business were disrupted by a four-hour downpour on Friday.
Shops did not open at the usual time between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. as the roads from Kasoa, Weija, Dansoman, Odorkor, Darkuman through Kaneshie to Obetsebi Lamptey were submerged.
A few traders defied the downpour but were unable to open their stores in Darkuman-Kokompe and Abossey-Okai, the Ghanaian news agency observed.
Nana Sakye, a trader from Darkuman Junction, said he lost a business deal to supply vehicle rims to a company due to the flooding.
“A customer urgently needed 100 pieces of rims to send to Kumasi. My route to work was flooded so we had to wait for it to back off. Even when it did, the utility vehicle had to take a longer route before reaching my job. I was very late so the bus that came to collect the goods left, ”he said.
He called on the government to revamp the drainage system to save businesses from total collapse.
“As soon as the rain starts, customers are afraid to come because of the flooding. Commercial activities stop every time it rains, ”he added.
A few other traders said it did not bode well for the weekend.
The GNA observed that busy highways did not experience regular traffic jams, as cars were forced to take alternative routes with large vehicles using the interior lanes and flood water taking over from the outer lanes.
Houses along the roads were flooded and some residents were seen reclaiming some properties.
Some formal sector workers told the Ghanaian News Agency that the flood situation still affected their productivity and many were not working.
Mr. Selassi Ameh, an official, said he often arrived at work three hours late whenever the area was flooded.
Dr Worlanyo Kwadjo Siabi, director general of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, said studies had shown that the torrential rains were the result of climate change and encouraged people to check the bulletins regularly. weather, especially when going out.