Over 3,500 residents at Akwamufie, including the Akwamuhene, Odeneho Kwarfo Akoto III, have been cut off as a section of the road that connects Akwamufie to other surrounding communities has been washed out into the Volta River (Frao), making it impossible for vehicular movement.
The residents, including the chiefs, queen mothers, students, traders and pregnant women, were left with no other option than to resort to using canoes to cross the river to the other side of Atimpoku.
The incident occurred at about 10:30am on Friday, according to officials of the Eastern Regional office of the Ghana Highway Authority.
They said preliminary investigations revealed that a leaking underground main pipeline along the upper part of the road, was the cause of the problem.
“The leaked water saturated the soil beneath and washed it into the river,” they stated.
The road has since been blocked and cordoned off to prevent any further disaster.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mavis Ama Frimpong, has twice visited the scene with the DCE for Asuogyaman, Thomas Ampem Nyarko to ensure that safety measures are put in place to avoid casualty.
On Monday, she led an emergency team of engineers from the Ghana Highways Authority, Feeder Roads, Ghana Water Company Limited and a road contractor, Joshob Construction Limited, to assess the situation for an emergency intervention under the directive of President John Dramani Mahama.
The entourage, after assessing the situation, visited the Akwamu Traditional Council where the minister assured the chiefs and people of government’s effort to provide an alternative road as work was done on the damaged road.
She said the President had ordered Joshob Construction firm to immediately rehabilitate the 11-kilometre Akwamu Mpakadan road, as an alternate route to Apegusu and other communities in the interim, while efforts were made to reconstruct a defence wall along the Atimpoku–Akuamu road.
The Eastern Regional Director of Ghana Highways Authority, Maama Sawyer Markwei,blamed the incident on the outmoded pipeline which was leaking beneath the road.
The Akwamuhene, Odeneho Kwarfo Akoto III, pleaded with the government to facilitate emergency interventions to alleviate the impact of predicaments imposed on the community as results of the incident.
He also called on government to replace the main pipeline.
From: David Kodjo, Akwamufie.