Rainstorm displaces 850 people in Bawku

Rainstorm has hit some parts of Bawku and its environs displacing about 850 people and destroying homes and other public property estimated to cost about Gh¢500,000.

The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), in the Bawku Municipality attributed the huge destruction of public structures, especially educational institutions to shoddy work executed by government hired contractors.

Numerous basic educational institutions and health facilities were ripped up, while some classrooms of the Bawku senior high and Bawku Technical schools were also affected.

Besides, about 350 homes were destroyed in the Bawku town, while property including shops, market sheds, garages, cars, among others were affected.

Mr Sulemana Musah, Deputy Chief Disaster Control Officer in charge of the Bawku Municipal office of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) confirmed the ripping up of the roofs of the numerous basic educational institutions and health facilities and the destruction of some classrooms of the Bawku Senior High and the Bawku Secondary/ Technical Schools.

He attributed the damage to the public institutions to shoddy work by contractors and said on April 2, about 52 rooms and 300 people in the Baribari community were affected by the storm, while on April 30 of the same month, houses in communities including Jantiga, Kpweliwiaga, Sabone-Gari, South and North Natinga, Sabone-Zongo, Hausa –Zongo and Gingande had their share of the disasters.

The Bawkzua, Patilmey, Pussom, and the Daduri communities, were severely affected rendering most of the people homeless.

Mr Musah lamented that most of the trees that supported the houses against storms fell on houses destroying them and other property.

He said even though the situation was worrying, no death and casualties were recorded in the municipality and its environs from the storm.

Mr Musah said NADMO was collaborating with the Bawku Municipal Assembly to secure roofing sheets, nails, plywood, cements, mattresses, buckets, and blankets to help the affected victims.

The NADMO officer called on the people to take safety precautions by contracting qualified artisans to build their houses to avoid reoccurring disasters.

He said some of the private facilities affected used inferior building materials without any professional supervision and the public to go in for quality materials and engage professionals to help them with all types of construction business they undertake.

Alhaji Inusah Abubakar, Bawku Municipal Coordinating Director, expressed worry about the extent of the destruction in the area and said steps were being taken to avert similar disasters in future.

Alhaji Abubakar noted that government was committed to ensuring the safety of residence in the Bawku area and urged the people to support the effort by ensuring that their activities led to a disaster free environment.

He called on the residents to plant trees around their homes as the area was located within a sub-desert reach.

 

Source: Ghana Business News

Asafo market flooded after heavy rainfall

By:  Gifty Amofa, GNA,
Kumasi, May 05, GNA – Heavy rainfall caused severe flooding at the Asafo market and disrupted business activities.

The deluge brought to the fore the urgent need for the city authorities to move to clear the waterways and drains.

The market women had pretty tough time – struggling to save their wares.

Maame Ataa, one of the traders told the Ghana News Agency (GNA), that the inundation was unprecedented.

She has been operating from the market for some time now and this was her first time of seeing the place get so flooded.

It was simply terrifying and she expressed the fear that things could get worse if the city authorities failed to act.

Another trader, Mr. William Amoah, said the attitude of some of the traders also contributed to what happened.

‘They have been recklessly dumping waste into open drains running across the place and so this was not unexpected’, he added.

‘It is a wake-up call to everybody to do the right thing to prevent imminent disaster.’

 

Source: modernghana.com

Zimbabwe: Dams Swell Up As the Rainy Season Ends

The dam at Umzingwane, southeast of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, is registering 100 percent full. This is in part due to the remains of a tropical cyclone.

Tropical Storm Dineo may have lost its character after it made landfall in Mozambique on February 15, but it carried its rain well inland. It headed northwest towards the Kruger National Park. The rain topped up dams and rivers, but it did, of course, cause flooding.

According to a report by Civil Protection Zimbabwe, one of the areas worst affected by Dineo was Tsholotsho District in Matabeleland North, where the Gwayi River and its tributaries burst their banks, inundating homes, fields, schools, infrastructure, and sweeping away livestock.

Tsholotsho received 72mm of rain in a 24-hour period as ex-Dineo moved along the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa, while 72mm fell in Bulawayo and 100mm in Matopos.

Sixty percent of the crops planted in the flooded areas during the January planting window have been water-logged

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Saviour Kasukuwere said most southern parts of Zimbabwe, namely Matabeleland South, Masvingo, Manicaland and some parts of midlands were still receiving rain in excess of 100mm a day.

At the full dam in Umzingwane, each further shower causes an overflow which inevitable causes flooding downstream. Luckily, most recent significant rains in Zimbabwe have been in the north, beyond Harare. Forecasts show significant showers dying out this coming week as the rains head north.

The wet season in this part of the world runs from October to March and the cyclone season is part of it, especially for Mozambique and Madagascar. There is a cyclone now developing and heading for Madagascar. It is not forecast to hit the African mainland.

Source: allafrica.com

I’ll Demolish Houses To Fix Accra Flooding – Atta Akyea

Atta Akyea

 

The Works and Housing Minister, Samuel Atta Akyea has stated that he is ready to demolish buildings identified to be on water way by the Town and Country Planning Department in order to deal with the perennial flooding in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

“We don’t have a choice,” he told Benard Nasara Saibu on Monday, February 27, 2017 on Starr Today, adding: “Sometimes we think that it is inhumane to pull down a house…but if the risk of the siting of the house will cause massive damage to the mass of the people, it is better a couple of houses are pulled down to save a bad situation than to say that somebody has spent good money and has done a wrong thing—leave it alone.”

He continued: “So this is the opportunity cost we should look at and a serious ministry should go for the situation where the mass of the people will be relieved…so it is the question of delineating what is there…being very sure that this property from engineering perspectives is standing on a water way and it is good for the health of the generality of the people…if it is so satisfied we will use the law to do these things. And I think it is something that I’m ready to do.”

Speaking to journalists earlier Monday after touring some areas affected by the rainstorm on Sunday, February 26, Mr. Atta Akyea indicated that it would cost government over US$700million to permanently deal with the recuring flooding in the capital, Accra.

Places affected by the downpour are Asylum Down, Avenor, Alajo and the Kwame Nkrumah interchange.

“I am seeing something in the neighbourhood of $700 million to fix what is in this area alone… this is what stares at us in the face every year, but we will find the money and do it,” he stated.

He said there are three nations who have expressed interest in helping the government fix the flooding mess.

“What we have to do is to find out how we can have a local financial arrangement and requirement that will let the money come in,” he said on Starr Today.

 

Source: modernghana.com

 

Flood alert: AMA names 14 safe grounds for Accra residents

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has announced safe havens in flood prone areas in Accra to ensure minimal effects of floods if they occur this year.

The Assembly in a statement copied to citifmonline.com identified fourteen (14) low lying areas within its precincts prone to flooding and matched open parks as safe havens for shelter.

The statement said, the safe havens could serve as temporary shelter for victims of flood.

Below is a list of flood prone areas and safe havens where the public in the identified communities are expected to seek shelter in case of any eventuality with respect to flooding or any other disaster that may accompany it.

The Public Relations Officer of the AMA, Nuumo Blafo in an interview with Citi News said, said the assembly was also disilting major drains within the city to avoid devastating effects of the floods.

“What the AMA is also doing is desilting of the major drains and we are advising people within the communities to desilt the minor drains around them,” he said.

He also cautioned the public against dumping solid waste into drains at the onset of the rains.

The alert comes after a report by Citi News‘ Kojo Agyemang that noted a looming danger of major floods in Accra due to activities of garbage collectors who dump waste into the Odaw River, a major drainage in Accra that discharges into the Gulf of Guinea.

Ghana’s capital, Accra has in the last decade suffered series of flooding resulting in the loss of lives and properties. The worst of such events recorded in recent history with on June 3, 2015.

 

Source: modernghana.com

South Africa: Deadly Floods Hit South Africa

 

Days of heavy rain have left parts of South Africa under water. The flooding has been at its worst across northeastern parts of the country where one person is feared dead.

The seasonal showers have been particularly heavy during the past week. Many parts getting daily rainfall totals of around 50 to 70mm of rain.

Located to the east of Johannesburg, Witbank and Lydenburg had 60mm and 65mm of rainfall respectively in just 24 hours at the start of the week.

The subsequent floods left the main highway into Johannesburg impassable after the Mbembesi River burst its banks.

The Civil Protection Unit (CPU) warned that two dams in Matabeleland South and Silalatshani are currently full to bursting. In the event 12 people had to be rescued by a helicopter that was dispatched from Bulawayo by the CPU after they found themselves cut off and in danger of being swept away.

Gold panning has been put on hold around Gwanda District where some roads and bridges have been badly damaged.

The waters remain high across of number of areas in the region and people are being warned to be vigilant. Residents are advised to be on high alert.

 

More than 450 people displaced by rainstorm

By Isaac Arkoh, GNA
Kumasi, Nov 23, GNA – Heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds had left over 40 houses destroyed with more than 450 displaced at Kaase in Kumasi.

The powerful winds uprooted trees and toppled electricity poles interrupting power supply to the area.

One person, identified as Stephen Akoto, got hurt by falling debris and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The Kaase M/A basic school, a mosque, the Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church and the Christian Rival Ministry, were also badly damaged.

The rainstorm, struck at about 21:30 hours on Tuesday and the victims were seen trying to salvage some of their belongings on Wednesday morning.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Madam Patricia Appiagyei, had been to the community to assess the extent of the destruction and what could be done to bring comfort to the affected people.

She promised to do everything to arrange to get the victims some relief items.

One of the victims, Madam Akosua Afriyie, who had the roofing of her two-storey building completely destroyed appealed to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) for support.

 

Source: mordenghana.com

Hon Abigail Elorm Mensah donates to flood victims

 

By: GhanaPolitics Online

The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) together with Hon Abigail Elorm Mensah, the aspiring NDC parliamentary candidate for Fanteakwa South Constituency, have donated assorted relief items to people of Bososu in the Fanteakwa District, whose houses got flooded due to recent downpour.

The items include mattresses, rice , sugar , blankets, plastic buckets ,plates, mosquito coils, Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets, and several others.

Hon Elorm Mensah who led the team to distribute the items, sensitized the people on human activities that result in flooding whenever there is a heavy downpour.

Again, she urged the people of Bosuso to desist from building on waters ways, dumping of refuse in gutters and drains and also encouraged them to construct gutters around buildings as these are some contributing factors to flooding whenever there was rainstorm.

She then assured the victims of her support by improving their drainage systems.

The District Chief Executive, Mr Abass Fuseini Sbaabe, who assisted the parliamentary candidate and NADMO to deliver the items, sympathized with the victims and also assured them of more Government support.

“What we are giving you now, is just for you to manage for the time-being, we will come back again with more support , as-well as look at solving the problem for you , so in future you don’t face same problems” he added

 

Source: mordenghana.com