Obuasi flooding: More Drains To Be Constructed – MCE

Ksi Social Floods Drains Pic
Ksi Social Floods Drains Pic

Mr Elijah Adansi-Bonah, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Obuasi, has given assurance that the Assembly would commit more resources to the construction of more drains to address the perennial flooding in the municipality.
He said population increase and urbanisation had put excessive pressure on the existing drains and that it had become imperative to build more drains to contain the increasing volumes of water during the rainy season.
He made the observation when he visited some communities which were hard hit by the floods after a heavy downpour.
The MCE and his team, which included officials from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Works Department, visited Cofkans Hotel, Bidiem, Nyameso, Bogobiri and Kunka.
Other areas that got flooded after hours of torrential rainfall included the Obuasi Central Business District, Emuye, Mensakrom and North Nyamebekyere.
Hon. Adansi- Bonah commiserated with the victims who had lost valuable items and assured them that the Assembly had put in place measures to deal with flooding in the Municipality.
He said the only way the Assembly could permanently deal with flooding in Obuasi was to construct more drains in the Municipality.
“As you may be aware, the Assembly has started constructing some drains through the Secondary Cities Support Programme. So far, we are on the verge of completing forty-percent (40%) of proposed drains to be constructed,” he disclosed.
He admitted that it was not enough, adding that the assembly was determined to commit more resources in its subsequent budgets, to construct more drains in Obuasi.
He admonished residents to change their attitudes regarding waste disposal which often led to the flooding.
He added that, whiles the Assembly was working hard to prevent flooding by constructing drains and bridges, the people must complement their effort by adopting appropriate waste disposal habits.
Mr. Adansi-Bonah further expressed the resolve of the Assembly to deal with those who dump refuse indiscriminately.
Mr. Bright Nyampong, The Assistant NADMO Coordinator of Obuasi, said his outfit was taking stock of the unfortunate incident for the purpose of reporting to the Regional and National offices to mobilise the needed support for the victims.
He said NADMO had never relented in educating the people to put in place safety measures and guard against attitudes that could cause flooding and other natural disasters.

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