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Regional News of Thursday, 12 June 2014

Source: citifmonline

Accra to suffer more floods – Meteo

The Ghana Meteological Agency has warned that flood prone areas in Accra will continue to experience more floods over the next two weeks.

"…We are at the peak of the raining season and the situation will not change in the next two weeks; we will continue to have heavy rains,” Group Captain Stephen Komla, Director-General of the Ghana Meteological Agency told Citi News’ Richard Mensah.

He said this when the Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and some journalists took an aerial tour of the general area of Weija and Dansoman, including Glefe, which have been flooded following spillage from the Weija Dam.

According to Group Capt. Komla, Ghana is currently in the peak of the rainy season and lots of rains are expected.

The Managing Director of the Ghana Water Company, Mr. Kwaku Godwin Dovlo, who also took part in the tour, noted that the company had to open spillways of the Weija dam to save the life of the dam.

"The dam has certain operational levels, and there are level above which the dam will be at risk; so when the levels rise, we have to open the spillways to allow the excess water to flow, otherwise we risk a disaster of losing the Dam completely,” he said.

Hundreds of residents at Glefe in the Ga South Municipality [a suburb of Dansoman] have been rendered homeless due to an unexpected flood - a result of the spillage of the Weija Dam on Monday, June 9.

Citi News‘ Richard Mensah also reported that the National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Mr. Kofi Portuphy, also said NADMO is read to relocate residents who leave in the Glefe area to a safer area.

"We have plans of relocating [the people]; we have safe havens that we have located and we have been announcing to the people of Glefe,” Mr. Portuphy had said.

Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, Greater Accra Regional Minister, also warned that people who have built in unauthorised areas and waterways will have to vacate or move when the rains stop.

"What has happened now, I don't think we will allow that to happen next year,” the regional minister cautioned.

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