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Regional News Sun, 20 Mar 2016

Gov´t moves to prevent floods in Accra

Government has awarded a contract to Zoomlion, a waste management company, to de-silt and dredge some of the major drains in Accra.

The move is to help limit the impact of the annual devastating floods which occur in the city.

Dr Kwaku Agyemang Mensah, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, said this after inspecting the ongoing works to de-silt the drains in areas including Odawna, Caprice and Alajo.

He said even though government is seeking funds to construct a massive drainage system in Accra, it is important to urgently engage a local company to de-silt some critical drains to avert any floods.

“Government has, therefore, engaged Zoomlion, to dredge and desilt the drains to help prevent the occurrence of flood in the capital city, especially the June 3 disaster which claimed many lives and destroyed properties,” he said.

Dr Mensah said members of the public could also play a part in preventing the annual floods in the country by desisting from polluting the environment, especially by placing plastic materials in the drains.

Mr Wise Ametekpe of the Engineering Council of Ghana said the ongoing works would help check the devastating floods of the capital city.

Source: GNA