Member of Parliament (MP) for the Abuakwa South constituency in the Eastern Region, Samuel Atta Akyea, has set up the “Abuakwa South Disaster Fund” to allow well-meaning corporate establishments to donate towards the rehabilitation of places affected by recent flooding in the constituency.
In a statement issued today 5 October 2022, by the MP, he notes that “recent weeks has seen an unfortunate and unprecedented incident in our cherished constituency, Abuakwa South.
“Although flooding and its attendant destruction has historically been a common occurrence in our nation during the raining season, Abuakwa South has stood out as an unmistakable exception.
In the past week, we have acutely noticed how torrential rain has devastated our constituency, especially in the capital, Kyebi. The damage this rain has caused to vital infrastructure such as the bridge in the Subriso electoral area and some communities throughout the entire constituency is of particular concern” Atta Akyea said in his statement.
“It has become imperative that I set up the Abuakwa South Disaster Fund and invite our people and well-meaning corporate establishment to donate towards the rehabilitation of those seriously affected by the interplay of nature and man-made disasters, which have afflicted some communities in Abuakwa South” the Abuakwa South lawmaker said in his statement.
On measures taken to bring temporal relief to the affected communities, Atta Akyea, indicated that “working hand in hand with the Municipal Chief Executive, Akosua Asabea Annoh, they have “engaged the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) who, within their limited resources, has brought relief items to the victims of the water inundation”.
He called on the Municipal Assembly to enforce its planning laws especially in the issuance of building permits. Failure to do that he says will result in the “impunity of building on waterways. The unpleasant consequences of flooding and its debilitating effect on lives, livelihoods and properties as is being experience currently.
At least five people have been confirmed dead following last weekend’s floods in the Eastern Region, the National Disaster and Management Organization (NADMO) confirmed on Tuesday (4 October 2022).
The Eastern regional director of NADMO, Kwame Koduah, said ten individuals are still missing in the Nsawam Adoagyiri constituency after Saturday’s floods.
“The severity of the flooding has left the Eastern Region in a … devastating situation,” said Koduah, speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday.
“Seventeen districts have been affected, including Kyebi and Ofoase Ayirebi. We’ve lost five lives in the Eastern Region as a result of the devastating nature of the flooding. In Nsawam Adoagyiri, ten people are missing now. It’s catastrophic and devastating.
Over 100 houses were submerged in the river and 750 people are displaced and are now being accommodated at church halls and community centres,” Koduah said.
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