As important as rain is for watering crops and replenishing our ground water it can also have devastating effects in our more urbanized areas. Places that were meant to be open spaces for the water to collect and seep into the ground slowly have been cemented over causing runoff and erosion. Gutters and infrastructure that was meant to carry water away from developed areas have become cluttered with trash and only assist in causing more flooding. Poorly constructed and maintained buildings can succumb to the rain when water seeps into cracks or washes away foundations and roofs.
Last month, according to Mr. Vanderpuije, Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Accra (was) ready for (the) impending floods – if everyone pitches in and helps keep areas clear of litter. Other government officials spoke out about the upcoming raining season including the Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing who toured areas within the AMA.
Since the onset of the rains, many have been displaced and millions of cedis worth of property has also been lost. The season began with the loss of four lives in Yendi, some of which were struck by lightening. In Nwanta, near Kyekyewere in the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality, 100 residents were displaced. Although no deaths were recorded, losses were valued at GHȼ100,000. 11 soldiers and their families in Ho were displaced by a rainstorm when it ripped off the roofs of their buildings. Fishermen in Winneba and its surroundings lost about GH¢200,000 worth of fishing equipment including twenty-two canoes and fishing nets. Parts of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis flooded, affecting the suburbs of Tanokrom, Anaji West, Namibia, Cocoa Villa, Egyinabowa-Kakam and Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital roundabout. After the downpour these residents were notified by NADMO that there would be no compensation for them due to a lack of funds at the organisation. And finally, the residents of Bortianor, Lower Weija, Lower Oblogo, Lower McCarthy, Sapema, Tsokome, and Tetegu, as well as Pambros Salt Manufacturing Limited and Bojo Beach have been warned and some evacuated due to the spilling of excess water by the Ghana Urban Water Company Limited (GUWL) from the Weija Dam to avoid permanent damage to Accra’s only water treatment plant.
How have you been impacted by the rainy season?