Disaster looms: Agogo New town drain washed away as residents fear floods, erosion

Residents of Agogo New town in the Asante Akyem North District are living in fear of their lives as floodwaters and erosion threaten to displace them from their homes. This situation has been compounded by the deterioration of a drain, which is steadily falling apart, following years of neglect. The drain, which was constructed under the Kufuor administration, has seen some of its slabs detach from the main structure and fallen into the drain, impeding the smooth flow of water. This has meant that anytime the rains have been torrential, the water has overflowed its bank and forced residents out of their homes. Besides the periodic floods and damages done to the property of residents, as well as the constant threat to their lives, these waters have visibly eroded a portion of the embankment surrounding the drains, threatening to pull in the houses lined along the banks of the gutter. When Adanse3 fm, reporter, Adutwumwaa Ntonsuo, visited the community, residents told us harrowing tales of floodwaters driving them out of their homes. They also showed us some of their belongings which had been damaged by the floods.

Augustina Adobea, a landlady, told Adanse3 fm, that anytime it rains, her entire compound is submerged under the flood. She said she and other residents has informed the area’s assemblyman about their ordeal.

She added that neighbors normally throw rubbish into the drains which make them choked and cause flood at a later time.

When Adanse3 fm went on a tour of the community, it was clear that the situation could not go on without action.

For instance, from the last heavy rains, which fell in October, a huge gulley had developed on the path which has created fear students around A.P.C.E school and Agogo Ramseyer school which almost making the road impossible to traverse.