North Dayi flood victims needs state intervention – MP

Member of Parliament (MP) for North Dayi Constituency in the Volta region, Ms Joycelyn Tetteh is calling on government through the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to come to the aid of the victims who were affected by the recent rainstorm.

According to her, hundreds of residents in North Dayi District whose houses and other properties got destroyed during the recent rainstorm need government intervention.

 Ms Tetteh in an interview with Today after asking an urgent question on the floor of parliament as to the steps the Ministry of Works and Housing taking to alleviate the plight of the residents in the district whose houses were damaged in the recent rainstorm.

 Responding  to the question post by the North Dayi lawmaker, the  Deputy Minister for Works and Housing, Mr Eugene Boakye Antwi disclosed that the ministry has been notified of the flooding situation in the North Dayi district.

According to him, the Hydrological Services Department of the ministry has been requested to investigate the course of the perennial flooding in the district where houses were damaged in the recent rainstorm and to provide maintenance measures to solve the problem.

Mr Antwi, further noted that climate change, urbanisation and  settlements in low lying areas could account for the perennial flooding in the district.

Other factors he said could be siltation of channels and lagoons thus reducing absorptive capacities, lack of properly engineering drainage capacity in terms of construction, maintenance, poor waste management both solid and liquid waste in terms of storage and transport.

He added that the flooding could also be  lack of political will to remove properties sited on water ways  including  building in water ways,  encroachment of natural water reservoirs such as wetlands, lagoons and ponds.

He has since indicated that the population and urban development have increased considerably such that the existing drainage infrastructure is unable to support the pressure resulting from floods.

The Deputy Minister hinted that his outfit has requested the Hydrological Services Department to carry a survey to identify all flooding prone areas in the district to inform the appropriate decision to address the problems.

“Mr Speaker, the outcome of the survey will be submitted to the Ministry of Finance for funds to construct drainage system in the North Dayi district to alleviate the problems associated with the perennial flooding in the area.

Mr Antwi announced that, an amount of Ghs 5 million was approved by parliament for the national flood control programme to undertake some these short term measures in the 2018 budget.

 Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

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