Besides a change in attitude, the World Bank has assessed that effective urban planning and strong enforcement were needed to deal with the perennial flooding in Ghana’s capital.
Answering a question from Xinhua during a media interaction on Monday Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia said there was the need for medium-to-long term planning of the city which has suffered severe floods with the least rainfall this year.
“Poor planning, non-existent urban planning and weak enforcement of regulations on urban development are some of the causes of the severe flooding in most parts of the city,” Kerali stated.
He added that citizens also play a part in the problem by throwing garbage into drains, as well as building on waterways.
The World Bank official said these people do not only contribute to the severe flooding experienced in the country, but also endanger their own lives and properties.
“There is the need to improve the planning process, while people stop creating the conditions for floods,” the official urged.
Harold Esseku, a World Bank consultant on sanitation added that the issue in Ghana was not solely about whether there were open or covered drains.
“If we have covered drains and we have no mechanism to de-silt them when they are choked, we will still have the same problem,” he argued.
Similarly, with open drains, if people continue to dump refuse into them, the floods will come with the least rainfall, Added Esseku, urging for a change in attitude as individuals and government.
Ghana’s capital has since the beginning of the year experienced severe flooding with the attendant loss of life and property. Enditem