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General News of Monday, 15 October 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Weija dam spillage: Residents unwilling to relocate

Residents near the Weija dam in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra Region have one again been gravely affected by the dam’s spillage but they are unwilling to relocate.

The Natural Disaster and Management Organisation (NADMO) has constantly advised them to relocate but the residents say they have nowhere else to go.

A pregnant mother who only identified herself as Edem told Joy News that the recent spillage nearly claimed her life and that of her child.

Her four-year-old son, Godwin, nearly drowned last Monday when water from the dam was spilt.

“This flood was very intensive but we survived it. I saw my son struggling to get out of the water when the flood happened it was by God’s grace that I was able to save him but my family and I have nowhere else to go.

“I went to sleep and when I woke up, the water had flooded the place me took the bush. My mother came to rescue me”, Godwin explained when asked about the incident.

Other residents who spoke to the news team disagreed with the relocating advice from NADMO. They believe a dredging exercise will solve the problem.

One resident said that living in the area is dangerous and their lives are at risk because the situation has worsened but moving away from the banks of the dam will not be an ideal solution.

“The water is destroying our lands and we plead with the government to dredge the water canal for us, once this is done the flooding in the area will reduce”, the resident said.

The unexpected rainfall patterns this year has compelled the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to increase the number of times it spills excess water from the dam.

Joy News’ Emmanuel Dzivenu reports that a disaster is waiting to happen as many residents in communities around includingTetegu have refused to relocate temporarily.

According to the reporter, residents of Tetegu, one of those communities in close proximity of the dam, has flooded many times.

Meanwhile, many developers are still building houses in the flood-prone areas regardless of the situation.