Over 3,000 residents rendered homeless after tidal waves hit communities

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Over three thousand residents of Anyamam and Akplabanya in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region are homeless after strong tidal waves broke into the communities destroying property.

The Assembly member for the area, Mr. Philip Tettey Sai told journalists that the sea was increasing in size and they took it as normal, waiting for it to reduce as usual, but it suddenly went beyond its banks breaking into homes and damaging property.

“The assembly has provided a safe haven to the affected residents, but we are hoping that the government will help us with the sea defense, which is the long-term solution,” he said.

According to him, the sea defense which was started at Ada Foah some years ago was stopped, but later continued at Ningo which exposed their communities to danger from the sea.

Some of the frustrated residents told the media that, all hopes were gone and prayed for a swift move by the government to continue with the sea defense.

“The waves carried away my GHC6, 000.00 worth of smoked fish. My bed, baggaes of clothing and many other items are all gone and so my family have to stay all night long till day break,” Madam Eunice Sikanartey said

Some community members were seen digging the sand to remove some of their belongings including nets which they used for fishing, while others also scooped the waters from their rooms to get a place to sleep for the night.

The District Chief Executive, Mr. Sampson Tetteh Kpankpah who visited the affected communities described the waves as disaster and pledged to lobby for the construction of the sea defense.

Member of Parliament for the Sege Constituency, Mr. Christian Corletey Otuteye bemoaned the delay in the sea defense project and called on the government to continue.

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