Government's GH¢450m spent on drainage expansion has reduced incidence of flooding – Akufo-Addo

Flood933 Flood scenes in Accra

Wed, 25 May 2022 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Akufo-Addo suggests GH¢ 450m Flood Control Project has worked

Accra left in ruins after overnight rains caused severe flooding

20 people have been rescued from floods caused by Tuesday's downpour – NADMO

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has insisted that his government's investments since it came to power have reduced the incidence of flooding in Ghana's capital town, Accra.

Speaking at the commissioning of an IHC BEAVER 50 dredger and marine equipment at Adjei Kojo, the president suggested that the GH¢ 450 million his government spent to curb the menace of flooding in the country through the Flood Control Programme has paid off.

"I did raise concerns at the beginning of my address about the flooding situation in Accra. Government, since 2017, has spent some 450million cedis on the Flood Control Programme, which has resulted in the reduced incidence of flooding in the major flood-prone areas in Accra," 3new.com reports.

The president's remarks come after Various parts of the capital of Ghana were left in ruins after heavy rains poured from the evening of Monday, May 23, 2022, to about the early hours of Tuesday morning.

As usual, parts of the capital were flooded after just a few hours of rain on Monday evening. Videos of cars submerged in water, kiosks floating atop floodwaters and roads flooded took over social media platforms.

After over 7 hours of rain, one would be lucky to have woken up to a house without flooded rooms, a shop with its content still intact, an office without water in its compound, a market stall without ruined goods or a road not covered by floods if driving or in a vehicle.

All over, there were signs of destruction, from trees being uprooted to cars being crashed, tarred roads being destroyed, and wooden structures being carried away.

The floods have also led to heavy vehicular traffic in some parts of Accra.

Also, the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has disclosed that at least 20 people have been rescued from floods in Accra caused by the heavy rains, which started on Monday, May 23, to Tuesday, May 24.

According to NADMO, most of the victims rescued were from Dansoman, Odorkor and Dzowulu.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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