The Accra Mayor, Mohammed Adjei Sowah has indicated that the Assembly has already begun the dredging of the Korle lagoon in Accra as the rainy season commences.
The process, which began last week, is to mitigate the impact of the perennial flooding.
Speaking on The Point of View on Monday, Mr. Sowah said: “Even if we have the best of drains, all the water end up in the Odaw and Korle lagoon, so if the Korle lagoon is not dredged, we will have some difficulties. Indeed we have commenced dredging of the Korle [lagoon]. It started last week.”
“Admittedly there are challenges in the system but we are dealing with them systematically. We have witnessed these issues over a long period of time so we are looking at how to deal with them [other than arguing over other things with no solutions]. So what we’re dealing with are the fundamental issues by focusing on the necessary infrastructure to arrest the situation; that is my focus, he told the host of the show, Bernard Avle on Monday.
Some parts of the capital city got flooded after a downpour on Sunday evening as Ghana enters the rainy season, where such weather is expected.
Some places including the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, Kanashie, Avenor among others saw major flooding making some roads unusable.
A man was also found dead at Awudome in Accra after the downpour. NADMO said about four people lost their lives last Sunday during the flooding in parts of the Accra.
Avoiding floods; investing in city re-engineering way to go – Urban planner
Also speaking on The Point of View, a development and urban planner called on government and city authorities to consider taking a number of re-engineering activities if they want to end the occurrence of the yearly flooding in the capital.
Kofi Kekeli Amedzro believes the commitment of enough financial resources is needed to tackle the problem.
“We have to engineer an integrated waste management system that is able to ensure that the solid waste doesn’t get into the main drain system. As a matter of priority, we need to ensure that this becomes a key issue to invest in. We can’t wait for it to become a major flash-point for discussion every year. If we are serious about this, we have to invest massively in it and ensure that all the engineering works are done”.