The National Disaster Management Agency (NADMO) has advised local authorities to clear all blocked drains ahead of the rainy season. It should be noted that most flood-related disasters result from poor drainage systems.
NADMO Director-General Joseph Yamba said this when he addressed a media briefing in Accra yesterday. He said the agency had engaged in massive public education to help people understand how they could avoid disaster during the rains.
“We are also advising all local authorities to ensure that all choked drains are cleared before the rains begin,” he said.
Mr Yamba further advised people living in flood-prone areas to relocate to higher grounds before the rains. He urged them to desist from dumping refuse into gutters and water bodies, which usually block the free flow of water during heavy downpours.
This was contained in a statement issued by the agency and signed by its Director-General, Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh. He said that there should be a change in people’s attitude towards environmental sanitation to help reduce the incidence of flooding.
“The indiscriminate dumping of refuse into gutters and water bodies has been identified as one of the major causes of flooding in the country,” he added.
Mr Yamba urged the public to report any suspicious activity or persons who engage in activities that could lead to disaster to NADMO or the police for immediate action.
He also implored the public to be calm and avoid panic as NADMO, Ghana Police Service, and other security agencies were on top of the situation.
Always be on the lookout for blocked drains and gutters in your area. If you see any, report it to the local authorities so they can clear it before the rains begin. Remember, we can all help reduce the incidence of flooding by being more conscious of our environment and how we dispose of our waste.
The statement said the rains are expected to begin in the coming weeks and urged local authorities to ensure that all drains are clear to avoid flooding.
“We are urging all Local Authorities to clean up their gutters and desilt all drainage systems within their areas of jurisdiction to help mitigate the effects of flooding during this year’s rainy season,” the statement said.
Find out if your area is prone to flooding and take steps to protect your property if it is. Be sure to have an emergency plan in place in case of flooding. And always remember, if you see something suspicious or someone engaging in activities that could lead to disaster, report it immediately to NADMO or the police.
It noted that NADMO is working with the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) to monitor the situation and will provide updates as the rains progress. People need to make sure to avoid blocked drains at all costs.
The agency advised the public to take precautions against flooding, such as clearing gutters around their homes and raising electrical sockets and other vulnerable equipment off the ground. It also urged people to avoid driving through floodwaters, resulting in serious accidents.