A person walks in a flooded street in the town of Guasdualito, Apure state, Venezuela, on July 7, 2015. According to local press, more than 9,000 families were affected by the floods caused by the overflowing of the rivers Arauca and Sarare. (Xinhua/Str) (jp)
A person walks in a flooded street in the town of Guasdualito, Apure state, Venezuela, on July 7, 2015. According to local press, more than 9,000 families were affected by the floods caused by the overflowing of the rivers Arauca and Sarare. (Xinhua/Str) (jp)

“It will not just be about repairing infrastructures in a hurry. We will have to find lasting solutions to the problem of drainage system,” Kabore said while on a visit to two flooded sites in the capital Ouagadougou.

The president said instructions had been given to the infrastructure minister as well as to mayors to come up with a lasting solution to the challenge of drainage in Ouagadougou as well as neighbouring zones.

“It is not enough to always announce measures during each rainy season and forget them during the dry season,” he said.

Burkina Faso, a Sahelian nation in West Africa, is regularly confronted with floods during the rainy season that lasts from June until September.

According to environmental experts, the problem is mainly caused by poor disposal of domestic waste as well as unplanned land occupation that blocks water movement.

“It is not the responsibility of these individuals and that is why it is important for the media, local councils as well as the general public to continue with the awareness campaign,” Kabore concluded. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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