Ghana Floods League Table 2016

Every year #AccraFloods trends because, well, Accra always floods. Even when it drizzles. And sometimes Accra gets all the national attention forgetting that other areas in Ghana flood too. So I decided to put together our flood league table so far. A premier league of natural disaster. These are instances where rains have caused either flooding, destruction, loss of life and/or displacement of citizens. It’s a national issue we need to address. Every citizen matters, not just those in Accra.

 

Date City/Town Region Deaths/Injured Reference
15-June-2016 Oda Nkwanta Eastern 50 displaced/4 injured GNA/ Story Link
13-June-2016 Cape Coast Central 8 dead GhanaWeb/Story Link
13-June-2016 Several areas Central MyJoyOnline/Story Link
09-June-2016 Tema Greater Accra 1 dead MyJoyOnline /Story Link
09-June-2016 Accra Greater Accra Not yet determined Pulse.com.gh/StoryLink
04-June-2016 Breman Asikuma Central 270 displaced GNA/Story Link
25-May-2016 6 Municipalities Eastern 1800  displaced GBN/Story Link
25-May-2016 Jomoro Western Not yet determined ModernGhana/Story Link
25-May-2016 Akosombo Eastern 1 dead Pulse.com.gh/Story Link
24-May-2016 Asuoyaa Eastern 2 dead Starrfmonline/Story Link
24-May-2016 Akosombo Eastern 1/dozens MyJoyOnline /Story Link
 22-May-2016 Accra Greater Accra Not yet determined CitifmOnline/StoryLink
10-May-2016 Brekum Brong Ahafo 3 injured MyJoyOnline/Story Link
6-May-2016 Kpongu Upper West 150 displaced Modern Ghana/Story Link
4-May-2016 Sagnerigu Northern Hundreds displaced MyJoyOnline/Story Link
4-April-2016 Berekum Brong Ahafo Hundreds of schoolchildren MyJoyOnline /Story Link
29-March-2016 Ho Volta Not yet determined CitiFmOnline/Story Link
26-March-2016 Zabzugu Northern Over 200 displaced MyJoyOnline/Story Link
23-March-2016 Atomfourso Brong Ahafo 200 displaced GNA/Story Link
16-March-2016 Nkrankese Ashanti 250 People Displaced PeaceFmOnline/Story Link
14-March-2016 Accra Greater Accra Not yet determined PeaceFmOnline/Story Link
14-March-2016 Kumasi Ashanti 1 drowned PeaceFmOnline/Story Link
7-March-2016 Yendi Northern 900 displaced, 2 injured MyJoyOnline/Story Link

 

We have a real problem in our country. So far my total

13 Dead

9 Injured

3620 Displaced

What is the impact of these figures on our economy?

Don’t these lives matter?

And I believe that the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and the media don’t do a very good job of accurately determining and reporting the impact of these events. Many of the displaced, injured or dead have not been determined. How are we to make proper decisions and move forward as a nation with such poor accounting?

One might even argue that if the Town and Country Planning Department was properly resourced and functioning, there might not even need to be a NADMO because cities would be planned and buildings wouldn’t be sited in waterways. Social amenities would also be more sufficient for each population to reduce pollution.

I will update this table as we continue through the rainy season and the year. Did I miss any occurrence? Have you had rain destruction in your area? Do let me know. I will update the table.

Our leadership really needs to get serious about protecting its citizens against natural disasters. Town and Country Planning Department & NADMO need to start preventing disaster instead of managing it. We shouldn’t accept this as the norm. We must insist that as a nation we do better.

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