The Ashanti regional office of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has launched a regional campaign to reduce the devastations caused by floods as this year’s rains set in.
Last week’s pockets of down pours affected several communities notably in Sekyere Central and its environs pulling down weak trees and ripping off roofs.
But the Ashanti regional coordinator of NADMO Aninkora Asie told Ultimate News his outfit has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to map out all flood risk zones in the region.
“Especially in Kumasi, with the help of the UNDP, we have been able to draw hazard maps, vulnerability maps and flood risk maps. These maps indicate areas that are prone to floods,” he noted pointing to three chats with different zones elaborately marked with different risk profiles.
He told Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote – Fumador that officers from the directorate are already in those communities educating and helping clear water paths to prevent any fatalities and loss of property to floods.
“Our zonal officers have been sent there to do education. We are also working with the local assemblies to encourage people to desilt their gutters and to make sure that the drains are open for the passage of water,” he pointed out.
He added that, “the UNDP and the Norwegian government had come in to help put up bigger culverts and bridges so that flood waters could easily pass through and minimize flooding in those areas.”
Mr Aninkora Asie further appealed to the public to fix leaking roofs and desist from felling trees which serve as wind breaks during storms.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/ Ivan Korshie Heathcote – Fumador