Ashanti NADMO warns of major flooding ahead
From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has warned the public against the effects of imminent flooding in the Ashanti Region.
Mr. Kwabena Nsenkyire, Ashanti Regional NDAMO Director, has attributed the recent torrential rains currently being experienced in the Ashanti Region to the erratic weather conditions from climate change, and cautioned the public against walking in the rain to avoid being swept away by the floods.
He said the Regional Emergency Response Team had noted that defying official directives had resulted in many drownings at Esereso Adagya, Abuakwa-DKC, Nerebehin, Abuaka-Manhyia and Dichemso/Asawase.
It indicated that flooding may occur in parts of Kumasi, including Esereso Adagya, Pakyi No. 1 and 2 and Obuasi, Anhwiankwanta, Sabronum, Kotwi Praso, Amansie-Koteneso and settlements in the swamps, low level grounds and along the banks of rivers and streams which have been designated as flood-prone areas.
The NADMO Director has, therefore, cautioned parents and guardians to desist from sending their children on errands when the atmosphere depicts threatening weather and imminent down pour, and keep a close eye to avoid them sneaking out under such an atmosphere to play or swim in the rain or streams.
Mr. Nsenkyire also advised heads of schools not to close and send the children in the midst of cloudy weather to avoid the temptation of children walking to their homes in the rain.
NADMO has also encouraged communities and individuals to embark on pre-flooding clean up exercises, including desilting choked drains, and avoid dumping refuse in drainages