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08.05.2008 Tragedy

Ga South Chief Executive Inspects Flood-Hit Areas

By Kwadwo B. Donkor & Anita Nyarko, Weija - newtimesonline.com

THE Municipal Chief Executive of the newly-created Ga South Municipal Assembly, Stephen Owusu Afriyie, has inspected some areas affected by the recent floods in the municipality.

The tour was to enable him to assess at first hand, the damage caused by the rains and the kind of assistance the people might need. The residents claimed that when the Ghana Water Company laid underground water pipes in the area three years ago some gutters got destroyed, resulting in floods anytime it rained. To contain the situation the residents improvised the small culverts but they were washed away by Sunday’s rains.

The MCE was accompanied by the assistant Municipal Road Engineer (Department of Urban Roads), Mr Peter Quaye and Mr Joseph Adjoteye, Municipal Engineer (Works).

Communities visited include, Gbawe, New Gbawe, Bortianor, New Bortianor, Mallam, Tabora, Oblogo and Weija many of which are low lying and get flooded easily. Besides many of the houses are on waterways which compounds the problem.

Early last year, the then Ga West District Assembly had to embark on a demolition exercise to clear all houses that were built in water courses.

The exercise was curtailed when the affected residents sought the intervention of the Member of Parliament for the area, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchway.

At other places that the team visited, it was evident that attempts by the residents to solve some of their problem had rather worsened them for lack of technical direction.

At a place called White Cross, for instance, residents had to fill up a gutter under construction to let out flood water which had blocked access to their homes.

The team saw similar flooding problems at New Gbawe, Bortianor and Zero House area.

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