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Ghana: Abofu Residents Live in Fear of Imminent Floods

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Residents of Abofu, near Achimota in Accra, say they are living in fear of imminent floods as the Hydrological Services Department (HSD) has deferred to September, its intended rehabilitation of their stretch of the Odawa drain.

Their distress is hinged on the continuous dilapidation of the drain coupled with a report by the Ghana Meteorological Agency that more rains should be expected at the peak of this year’s April-May-June rainy season.

About 500 metres concrete slab stretch of the drain has caved in while the basin had dislocated, impeding free flow of the river and causing floods in the area during downpours.

The department, in July last year, indicated that it would temporarily fix the deteriorated portions before this year’s “major rainy season”, following the Ghanaian Times report of looming danger.

But with the season here, the HSD has said the decision had been rescinded because a permanent solution to the problem would be provided in September when the reconstruction of all dilapidated parts of the Odaw drain begins.

A resident, Michael Baafi told the Ghanaian Times that the problem had persisted for years, saying “We do not know when danger will struck so we beg them, if it is true that there will be more rains this year, then they should do something about it.”

Another resident who gave his name as Olu, appealed to the government to do all in its powers to mitigate the effects of the floods since it would be too late to provide relief when the disaster struck.