The mayor of the Accra metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Dr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuiye has yet again assured residents in the country’s capital that the assembly is in a better position to manage the chronic flood situation this rainy season.
In a press conference held at the AMA’s head office, the mayor revealed that since the June 3 disaster happened last year, the assembly has excavated, desilted and drained major exits like the Odaw River and Korle Lagoon to allow free flow of water when it rains.
He also revealed a multiple construction of drains in the city including the main Nima drain that has been under construction for a while now. Even though he admitted that these projects were only about 40% completed, he believed they could go a long way to help prevent another disaster saying “Accra is standing better than the days of June 3.”
He solicited the media’s support to educate the public on waste management as an additional effort to curb the flooding situation in Accra.
An estimated 154 Ghanaians lost their lives in a combined fire and flooding disaster on June 3, 2015 at the Kwame Nkrumah circle in Accra. Properties worth millions of Ghana cedis were destroyed in the inferno following the explosion of the Goil Filling Station situated close to the Vienna City Centre.