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04.06.2013 General News

Mallam Junction Flooded: MCE Cautions Residents

By Global Newsreel
Mallam Junction Flooded: MCE Cautions Residents

Last night's heavy downpour, which flooded the Mallam junction vicinity, has called for caution by the Municipal Chief Executive of the Ga South Municipal Assembly, Hon. Jerry Acquaye Thompson, to residents to stop the habit of building on waterways.

He advised that anyone who wanted to erect a building structure in the area should seek approval from the assembly before carrying out such project.

This, he emphasized, would help in minimizing and preventing this form of natural disaster.

The MCE spoke to when he and the assembly's development control crew visited the Mallam junction to assess the veracity of damage caused by last night's rains.

Mallam junction for years now has been a flash point for flooding and hopes were that after the road construction, the situation might have improved but to no avail.

Meanwhile, residents of the area have blamed the assembly for allowing the Total fuel filling station to be operating on the shoulder of the road.

To them, they believed the location of the station had blocked the main water way, which links Gbawe and Mallam junction.

'This has made the flow of rain water from these areas difficult,' the residents lamented.

Mr. Peter Mensah, a resident who had stayed in the area for 15 years now told these reporters 'if the contractor for the Mallam junction part of the N1 highway had enlarged the main drain at the Mallam junction, it would have made an easy flow of water when it rained.'

Mr. Mensah pointed out that if the filling station should continue operating at its current location, then a bigger drain should be constructed to help with the flow of water when it rained.

Others further blamed the assembly for allowing people to build on the water ways.

The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) was also there to assess the amount of damage to properties.