But for the intervention of President Nana Akufo-Addo, the whole of Accra would have been submerged by floods, Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has said.
He claimed the allocation of GH¢200 million by the government enabled the Ministry to desilt and construct storm drains before the rains set in.
“Accra’s flooding problem cannot be solved in a day but we are doing our best. It would have been worse,” he stressed while discussing the perennial problem on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday.
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He bemoaned the dumping of rubbish in drains and gutters within communities which does not allow for the free flow of water as a major problem.
The Works and Housing Minister said they were desilting major gutters following a warning by the Meteorological Department of intensive rains in July and August this year.
He said constructing subterranean drains across the country will offer what he described as a permanent fix to the country’s perennial flooding and its attendant effects.