Ghana floods cause havoc, but no casualties

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Accra, Ghana (PANA) - About 10 hours of rain in Accra have caused extensive flooding of several low-lying areas of the city and residents are on Tuesday cleaning up the mess.
Hundreds of residents, in the west of the capital, have been rendered homeless by the rains which poured until mid-day on Monday disrupting life of hundreds of thousands of people.

Accra has had a perennial flooding problem and residents are angry that the government has failed to deliver on its promise to solve the problem.

There were no casualties this year, but bridges and culverts were once again swept away. The rain soaked personal property and industrial material.

The Meteorological Services Department said some 123.3 millilitres of water fell from Sunday night until Monday.

The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Solomon Ofei Darko, said the government used a five million-dollar French grant to desilt, construct and restructure about 3.2 kilometres of primary drains. The French have also pledged a further 11 million dollars.

He said the World Bank has also pledged 3.2 million dollars for the construction and restructuring of primary drains.

Government ministers are on Tuesday going round to assess the damage caused by the rains.

Residents have built on waterways and drains are poorly constructed or absent and very little has been done to solve the problem.

Pan African News Agency
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