Are we ready for the floods?

The June 3 flood and fire disaster, which hit the country few years, has left an indelible memory in the minds of many Ghanaians, most especially those who lost closed relations.

The catastrophic disaster saw hundreds of lives lost, as well as properties worth thousands of Ghana cedis destroyed.

Indeed it was a tragic and an unfortunate incident in the history of our country.

May the Almighty God continue to console bereaved families who lost family relations and friends during the flood and fire disaster, also termed as “Black Wednesday” by the nation.

However, the country has begun to experience partial rainfall in most parts of the country.

This gives a signal that the rainy season is due.

In order to forestall severe flooding in the country, most especially in the capital city, Accra, it therefore behoves government in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to begin to conduct desilting exercise in drains noted for causing flood.

Chocked drainages must be distilled as we have begun experiencing torrential rainfalls in the country.

This exercise should be focused with keen interest at areas noted to be flood-prone in order to avert unforeseen circumstances.

It will also go a long way to allow the free passage of water in this rainy season.

As a country, proactive measures must be put in place so as lives and properties will be saved.

Also, during this season, many rural areas within the country, face the challenge of the unavailability of properly constructed bridges on their major drainages in their various communities.

This has become a worrying situation as children and adults have to either swim or walk through the flooded drainage which serves as a major route to their various farms, schools among other places aftermath of the heavy downpour.

The vulnerable ones in this case are these little children who are being exposed to being carried away by the flood.

There are a couple of occasions where these vulnerable citizens have called on government to stretch a helping hand to their plights through various media platforms, but to no avail.

There are a couple of videos shown where those affected go through this ordeal.

As a nation, what have we put in the pipeline to safeguard the lives of those Ghanaians affected?

Are we going to sit down for a calamity to befall on them before we construct a proper bridge to alleviate their plights?

Nonetheless, we have ourselves to blame as individuals of this country when it comes to the issue of flooding in our communities.

Our constant dumping of waste materials into our drainages and water bodies, contribute to the major flooding we are experiencing as a country.

Whenever there is a heavy downpour, that is when you see the attitude of the typical Ghanaian, dumping waste materials collected from their various homes into the drains.

The waste material dumped into the drains, averts the free passage and easy flow of the running water thereby causing flood.

One cannot tell whether people do these acts in ignorance or not.

Aftermath of our actions which have caused flooding in our various homes, we tend to call on government and NADMO for assistance by way of relief items and in some cases, shelter.

We can minimise or totally eradicate flooding if we desist from some of these bad practices by indiscriminately dumping waste into our drains.

In order to also avert flooding, NADMO in a collaborative effort with city and rural authorities as a matter of urgency, must demolish all structures built along waterways.

When we prevent running water from passing through its path, it forcefully finds its way through, thereby causing flooding.

Tse-Addo, a suburb of Labadi in the Greater Accra Region, is an area noted to be flood prone.

Due to lack of constructed drains within the community, people living there experience heavy floods whenever we enter into the rainy season.

Flooding makes roads in that particular area non-motorable whenever there is a heavy down pour.

Walking on those paths is also very cumbersome in rainy seasons.

People living in that area feel uncomfortable anytime they begin to experience rainfall as their houses get flooded.

However, I will suggest to government to make available huge quantities of life jackets to the various regional offices of NADMO across the length and breath of the country, to be subsequently delivered to people living in areas noted to be flood-prone to forestall any eventualities as the rains have begun to set in.

Contacts of all NADMO regional offices must be made available to the reach of the general public for prompt assistance when they feel danger looming.

I will, once again, appeal to all those living along waterways to vacate from those places for the sake of their own lives and properties.

 

By Bernard ARYEE, FAITH TV 

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