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Government completes design of flood early warning system for Greater Accra Region

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Flood-prone communities in the Greater Accra Region will soon have access to a new flood early warning system to protect their lives and properties. The Minister of Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, revealed at a press briefing that the system has been designed and the deployment process will be completed before the rainy season sets in.

The radar installed in the system will receive information on incoming rains from the Ghana Meteorological Authority and will be able to predict where there will be flooding. The information will be coordinated and disseminated through traditional and social media to communities at risk of floods, with the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) also receiving the data.

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In addition to the early warning system, the government has made significant progress in implementing projects meant to mitigate flood risk and address solid waste management challenges in the Greater Accra Region under the $200-million Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) project. De-silting works have already been undertaken at hot spots such as Kasoa Millennium City, Adenta Sakora, Nsakyi, Dawhenya, Dome Railway Crossing, New Legon, Santor, Adenta, Sango, and Naapladjor.

The GARID project is also undertaking participatory community upgrades which will include the provision of drains to address localised flooding in communities, benefiting Alogboshie and Akweteyman in Accra. Other important interventions include the construction of retention ponds at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission area to hold large volumes of water, which would have otherwise flowed towards the city centre to cause flooding.

While the government is determined to build resilient communities that can withstand and reduce the incidence of flooding, human activities have undermined the impact of investments in the provision of drainage infrastructure. To this end, some 785 buildings sited on water courses have been earmarked for demolition in the La Dade-Kotopon municipality, as part of efforts to address the menace of flooding in Accra. The La-Dade-Kotopon Assembly is currently working on the necessary logistics to undertake the assignment.

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