The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has warned that the Ashanti Region may soon start experiencing serious disasters as the region continues to record heavy rains.
Massive encroachment in waterways have been cited in many wetlands in Kumasi. Already, flood waters have displaced many in the Greater Accra Region. Although the Ashanti Region continues to record regular rains, the Region is yet to record any massive destruction caused by the downpour.
But NADMO says the region is not out of the woods. At Ahodwo, several structures sitting in waterways have been cited. The situation is not different at Ahinsan Estate.
The situation is even worse in the Ejisu area, where the private developers have completely filled the buffer of Oda River, resulting in intermittent flooding. The Director-General of NADMO, Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh, expressed worry over the development.
“What we are doing today is part of our preventive activities. You know for sometime now the floods are becoming more all over the country.
“Today, I came to the Kumasi metropolis to see some of the things that are bringing in more floods. Yes, we know people are building in unauthorized places and other things. But there are other things that come up all the time,” he said.
“We realized that people are filling buffers, wetlands and water bodies which is very bad. If you look around here, this is a big buffer for the Oda River so that anytime there are heavy rains the buffer can take a lot of water and cannot go to other people’s houses. But today we see private developers filling to put up structures. I’m told they have no permit. NADMO together with other security agencies have stopped them and we are not going to allow them to build here,” he assured.