Gov’t to launch early warning systems to mitigate impact of floods in vulnerable areas

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As part of government’s effort to mitigate the impact of the perennial flooding in the capital, Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye has announced that government is in the process of launching a Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS).

The minister made this announcement on Sunday, June 12, 2022 when he addressed the media on government’s interventions in flooding, coastal managment and affordable housing in the country.

According to the Minister and the Member of Parliament for Bantama in the Ashanti Region, considering the intensity of recent floods and its accompanied devastating impacts, government has seen the need to create a system that will inform residents living in flood prone and vulnerable areas ahead of time of impending floods.

This system, the minister says will enable people living in these vulnerable areas protect their lives and salvage their properties.

Commenting on how far the processes to establish the system have gone, Francis Asenso-Boakye explained that the designs have been completed adding that the Ministry is currently in the process of engaging a service provider for the system to be fully rolled-out.

“The designs for a Flood Early Warning Systems for Accra have been completed and the process leading to the engagement of a service provider to deliver the system have commenced. With the early warning system (FEWS), people in vulnerable communities will have the benefit of advanced notice of flooding so that they can take steps to protect lives and their valuables,” the Minister for Works and Housing indicated.

He further stated that in addition to the Flood Early Warning System, the Akufo-Addo-led government is currently undertaking a number of other initiatives to deal with the menace of flooding in the capital.

Notable among them, the Minister indicated is the plan to construct of retention ponds at Atomic Energy area to hold large volumes to water. The ponds, according to the minister will help by drastically reducing the volumes of water that drains to the city centers to cause flooding.

He further indicated that the construction of the retention ponds is expected to commence by the end of this end.

 

SourceABC News

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