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Regional News of Sunday, 31 May 2020

Source: GNA

Buildings submerged in water as parts of Nkroful get flooded

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Parts of Nkroful, the hometown of Ghana's first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkroful in the Ellembelle District is submerged in water following a downpour which lasted for an hour.

The floods which destroyed properties and personal belongings worth millions of cedis also displaced hundreds of people.

Speaking to the GNA, some of the affected victims attributed the flood to galamsey activities behind the Nkroful Agricultural Senior High School (NASS) and parts of the Nkroful township.

It would be recalled that sometime in April this year, a cross-section of youth in Nkroful warned that " if the government did not halt galamsey activities in the area and reclaim the devasted land, the area will be engulfed by flood when the rains set in".

According to the victims, the galamsey pits remain uncovered, a situation that contaminated their main source of drinking water, the River Subre.

The residents said they now live in "fear and panic" as the coming rains could wreak more havoc on the affected communities.

According to the victims, several complaints to the District Assembly have fallen on deaf ears.

Speaking to the GNA, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ellembelle, Mr Kwasi Bonzoh said," it is not true that it is galamsey activities that have led to the flood".

He ascribed the flood which he described as "a perennial problem", to a bridge constructed by Adamus Resources Ltd., a gold prospecting mining company linking the old and new sites of the company.

Mr Bonzoh lamented that" the bridge is narrow as such, the water cannot flow" leading to the flood.

The DCE said Adamus should be held responsible for the shoddy works leading to the floods.