Blame flooding in Kumasi on poor planning – KNUST Professor



Kumasi flood

A Professor with the Department of planning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Professor Samuel Afrane is blaming engineers at the department of town and country planning for lack of effective planning leading to flooding in some parts of the city.

Residents of some suburbs of Kumasi including Suntreso and the Asafo interchange area suffer serious flooding when it rains. The recently constructed Asafo interchange is a typical example. When it rains the base gets flooded and vehicles cannot access it.

The situation they complain is becoming worse by the day. Though city authorities say there are plans to fix the problem a planning expert, Prof Afrane says the problem is resulting from lack of planning before development on the part of engineers at the Metropolitan Assembly.

He observes that communities in the country are built without recourse to the consideration of allocations for schools, electricity, drainage systems and more especially linear roads between houses that will effectively monitor the flow of drains. He also attributes some of the problems to natural drainage factors such as rivers, soil texture such as porosity, and sticky nature of the soil which greatly influences the design and the utilization of drainage systems in a community.

He however hints that though there are several roads that have been planned and engineered, drainage systems were not developed or have partial development due to what he terms lack of funds. He added that human activities over the years have also contributed immensely to poor drainage systems. He further observes that majority of drainage systems are not covered and have choked with time due to illicit dumping of waste.

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