For some very avoidable reasons, rains in Accra have become a dangerous occasions and it is actually worrying how the public and authorities are only interested in thoughts and prayers.
The people in Accra should by this time get used to the problems that hit the city anytime the city experiences common rainfalls. And here, we are not even talking about the heavy downpours.
A city with over two million residents, Accra is struggling to plan for both the people and the environment. Mayor after mayor has failed to address the problem successfully.
Civil societies, governments and even the people only pay lip service to the issue. Accra is now expectant of miserable things whenever it rains.
1. Electricity cut-off
Accra residents are now expectant of their electricity going off anytime it rains. The Power Distribution Services (PDS) is almost predictably going to cut out your electricity when it starts to pour in Accra.
From a poor waste management system to the city's nearly lawless building culture, Accra suffers from flooding with the slightest amount of rain water.
We have failed to plan for the people and the places we live and now lives and properties are lost unnecessarily.
3. Destruction of public and private property
Apart from the flooding, expect to see the destruction of public and private properties such as stores, homes and electricity transformers.
This obviously begs the question: "Why does our tax monies pay the city's engineers who are supposed to check the structural integrity of facilities in the capital?"
4. The thoughts, prayers and promises from authorities
When there are losses of lives and properties, Accra residents expect the people who are supposed to maintain law and order to come and offer their thoughts and prayers.
There will also promises of government bearing the cost of the victims' burials and how "something" will done. Nothing will be done.
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