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Kumasi Gets Ready for Floods

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THE GLOOMY days when floods misplaced people and caused destruction of several properties in Kumasi, will soon be a thing of the past.

This positive news follows the timely intervention of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), led by the Chief Executive, Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi.

Under his directive, the KMA has started desilting all river bodies and streams in the city that usually overflow their banks and cause floods.

These streams and river bodies have been filled with solid waste, which prevents the smooth flow of water when it rains, resulting in floods.

To help avert the perennial floods in the city this year, the KMA is using excavators to desilt all the rivers and streams, choked with dirt.

The desilting exercise started on Wednesday at the Park and Gardens and the TUC areas, which are among the flood-prone areas in the city.

“My team at the KMA and I cannot fold our hands and allow things to g bad in Kumasi. Never again should we have floods destroy human lives and property simply because the drains are choked.

“We are also calling on all residents to help in keeping the city clean and not throwing waste materials into gutters and water bodies. The gutters are for only liquid waste and we as a people must behave in a responsible way to our beloved city clean just as any clean city in the world”, Osei Assibey Antwi told THE PUBLISHER.

Addressing the media in Kumasi, Hon. Osei Assibey said the KMA would not wait for the floods to cause havoc before they would react.

His administration, he said, believes in taking pro-active measures to help prevent the floods so that the people would not suffer during the raining season.

According to him, the desilting of the river bodies would be extended to other flood-prone areas in the city before the raining season starts.

The Kumasi Mayor entreated the public to actively support the KMA to help keep the river bodies and streams in the city tidy at all times.

By: Afia Sarpong Amankwa/ thePublisher

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