Floods have been treated as natural disasters for a long and it is the cause of havoc every year. Floods are caused by humans and not natural. Proper drainage systems that are well maintained may prevent this catastrophe from happening.
Our attitudes have made it seem that flood comes out of the blue once or twice a year just to destroy. Some people also think it is a cursed place on us by certain boundary spirits we might have wronged. But all these beliefs would have been myths if there are good drainage systems that are sustained. There would be no flood if our drainage structures are well situated in the right place.
Dumping of waste into trenches meant for the passage of water has become normal. Many of these gutters in Accra and its surroundings are choked. We are now used to pollution to the extent that people prepare and wait for flood instead of preventing them.
It is raining season again and Ghana is likely to experience flood due to the massive waste pollution in the cities and towns. The main capital is heavily polluted with plastic waste in dugouts. People have settled on waterways and diverted streams. We should not forget that nobody cheats on nature. If there’s a block somewhere, the water bodies will be forced to take their natural route which will result in a dangerous flood.
As we are in training season now, every community in Ghana should embark on a cleanup exercise. Protecting the drainage systems we have would save us from flood anytime it rains heavily.
The Greater Accra Regional Youth Network is organizing a cleanup exercise on 20th March 2021. This exercise aims to keep the environment neat and prevent the occurrence of another flood in Accra.