Director for the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Mr. George Ayisi says that measures are being established to decrease the rising rate of floods in the country.
This initiative follows the recent mishaps caused by floods in major cities of the country and concerns raised by the general populace regarding the Organization’s slow response to emergencies.
Speaking to UniversNews, Director for NADMO, George Ayisi briefed the general populace on the procedures they undergo when an emergency occurs.
People have been displaced as a result of collapse of their buildings, when this happens we get them a place. Either we get them to integrate with their family, a classroom, a church building or a community center to put them up temporarily. Then we do our assessment to know what support we need give to them, but it takes process, and that’s the processes we go through to know what items to support them with. But when it takes a national dimension, then the headquarters troop in, so it takes time.
Again, Mr. Ayisi stressed that the general public is the primary and sole cause of these disasters and stated that NADMO will take diligent steps to decline its rising rate.
When some of these drainages are choked and have not been desilted, then definitely well have a problem. Most of our places are low-lying areas and so we’re flooded easily. Again, most people build on ramsar sites, thus, mushy areas, formerly, we were not building there because the water collects and percolates over time , but because we’ve erected buildings above them, it gives us problems. So yes, Kumasi and Accra have problems we need to be working on and it’ll take a major engineering for that to happen.
Mr. George Ayisi later urged the general populace to play a significant role to aid in subsiding the catastrophes that occur in the country.
So yes, the government is taking steps in containing the issue but then again, we the people have a role to play to minimize the effects by not staying in flood prone areas and building in waterways. When you build in waterways, you’re blocking their flow and so they need to find their levels and in doing so they’ll rampage other houses. So we encourage and entreat people to not build in waterways.