Asylum Down residents urge gov’t to address flooding problem

Residents of Asylum Down in Accra, affected by periodic flooding have appealed to the government to come to their aid.

According to them, any time it rained water flowed through the drainage system from Maamobi to Nima, Paloma and Asylum Down into the Odaw drain at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, resulting in flood.

The spokesperson of the residents Mr. Victor Tetteh, expressed the concern on behalf of the people at a media encounter at the weekend at Asylum Down.

He called on the national authorities to as a matter of urgency solve the problem to save lives and property in the community.

Mr. Tetteh said that the re-inauguration of the Nima Drains project by President John Dramani Mahama drew the attention of the community to the fact that their plight would worsen with more rain water flowing from Nima into the Circle drains, if the project was complete

Mr. Opare Addo appealed to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to ensure that all drains in the Circle and Asylum Down area were dredged.

Journalists toured the area, and one of the houses The Ghanaian Times visited was the home of Abdulaziz Abubakar, a poultry farmer, whose poultry farm and some rooms of his house were destroyed by the floods.

He said the situation had compelled his mother, brothers and sister to join members of the extended family.

He said that some residents of Asylum Down had relocated their families and businesses due to the threat of flooding.

By Emelia Enyonam Kuleke

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