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Mahama sympathises with flood victims; condemns govt’s inaction

Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has sympathised with victims of the recent flood that ravaged the country.

Persons in various parts of the country especially in the Greater Accra Region were affected during flash floods last week.

The former president described the floods as disheartening and blamed the occurrence on the government’s lack of commitment and ideas to resolving the perennial damages caused.

“It is profoundly disheartening to witness the annual recurrence of these floods, with the toll on lives and property steadily increasing. The ability to prevent or minimise such disasters should be a priority for any responsible government. Unfortunately, the Akufo-Addo administration has repeatedly demonstrated its lack of commitment towards implementing effective measures to address this recurring menace.”

“The administration has run out of ideas for ameliorating the situation. Today, even with the shortest burst of rainfall, areas previously immune to the flooding menace experience severe destruction from the raging waters. We are witnessing an increase in flooding, especially in the cities, despite the huge funds injected into flood control by foreign partners such as the World Bank and from the domestic budget.”

Mr. Mahama urged the government and relevant agencies to adopt strategic and proactive measures to solve the situation.

“Our firm belief is that tragedies of such magnitude can be prevented through proactive measures such as implementing appropriate regulations, good waste management, and investing in the construction and management of sustainable drainage systems.

“We call on the government to take immediate action to rectify the systemic failures that have contributed to these floods.”

Click here to read Mr. Mahama’s full statement.