Did we learn any lesson(s) from June 3rd 2015?

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IT has virtually become an annual occurrence that parts of the country continue to flood during the rainy season coupled with the attendant effects, including the loss of human lives.

MEMORIES of the June 3, 2015 floods, which saw the explosion of a Goil Filing Station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, continue to linger on the minds of many Ghanaians.

INDEED many of the affected families still grieve with loads of sadness and sorrow, particularly in the wake of the fact that measures could have been put in place to prevent the huge collateral damage.

THAT said, it is obvious we have not learnt any lesson(s) from those numerous national disasters that this nation has endured through the years. And this has been our Achilles’ heels.

CONTRARY to our expectations that the intensity of the rains would have reduced by this time of the year, the increasing damaging effect on the recent downpours still remains a huge cause for concern for many Ghanaians.

IN the last few days we have all witnessed parts of the capital city—Accra and other regions in floods following heavy downpours.

AS usual the affected areas in Accra were Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Obetsebi-Lamptey Roundabout, Abossey Okai and parts of Kaneshie, among others.

IT was also reported that parts of Juabeng in the Ashanti Region were flooded, killing two residents.

THE flood waters, according to the reports, inundated several houses and businesses located in the affected areas.

ADDITIONALLY, the floods at the Obetsebi-Lamptey Roundabout in Accra caused heavy traffic on the Graphic Road and the Kaneshie Market road for hours on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening.

THERE were also scenes of cars being submerged, with some of the drivers alighting from their cars to seek refuge.

THE fact remains that these prone areas in Accra will continue to get flooded unless we fix the root causes of the problem, and also stop our negative attitude of dumping solid waste into the drains.

IT is on this note that Today once again, is adding its voice to the numerous calls of Ghanaians over the years and plead with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to stop paying lip-service to the sanitation and flooding situation in Accra and get down to real business.

THERE certainly is a solution to the flooding issue facing us in the capital.

THE people paid to do the job need to put their thinking cap on and save the country from perennial flooding.

GHANAIANS have spoken enough, lives and properties have been lost how long should this continue?

THE government, through the various city, town and district authorities must do everything possible to fix our drainage problems, especially in flood-prone areas throughout the country.

LIVES matter and so do citizens’ long acquired properties.

AND not until these are done we should always be ready to count our losses anytime it rains.

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