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Regional News of Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Source: GNA

MP appeals to government to arrest flooding situation in Agona West

Accra, June 14, GNA - The Member of Parliament for Agona West, Mr Samuel Obodai, on Tuesday appealed to government to solve the precarious flooding problem which impedes progress in the Swedru area in the Central Region.

He also called on the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing to immediately conduct investigations into the flooding situation in the municipality to avert any imminent disaster.

Mr Obodai, who read a statement on the floor of Parliament, suggested the dredging of the two main rivers; Akora and Ayensu which perennial floods have caused unimaginable destruction and despair in the area lately.

He said Agona Nyakrom and Swedru were yet to recover from the 2010 shock and destruction as a result of the flood which washed away buildings, business establishments, historical sites and disorganized all economic activities.

The MP said on June 5, this year, a similar situation occurred when the rivers burst their seams resulting in another disaster although on that faithful day there was no rainfall in the township.

"Madam Speaker, we are tempted to believe that there may be some developments upstream, either a fountain or an undiscovered waterfall or so= me artificial cause.

"I would, for the mean time suggest a dredging of the two main rivers in the district to allow an unimpeded flow of the volumes of water that they carry to avoid any similar occurrence," he said.