Residents of Kwashieman-Addy Junction Fear Flooding Amidst Poor Drainage System

by Louisa Afful
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Residents of Kwashieman-Addy Junction in the Ablekuma North District are gripped by fear and anxiety as the rainy season exposes the area’s poor drainage system. The lack of adequate gutters has led to frequent flooding, turning the lowland region into a persistent flood zone whenever it rains.

The existing gutters, now sapped and unable to handle the water volume, are choked with waste, emitting a foul stench and posing serious health risks. Residents, speaking to Onua News, expressed their concerns over the neglect by the District Assembly and the lack of public toilet facilities, which forces them to resort to open defecation.

Unit Committee Member Dina Tagoe attributed the situation to residents dumping waste into the gutters. She revealed that the Assembly plans to start sanctioning offenders and households without proper lavatory facilities.

In response to the community’s plight, Awurabena Aubynn, the National Democratic Congress Parliamentary Candidate for Ablekuma North, has financed the use of an excavator to clear the gutters, ensuring free water flow. She has pledged to improve the drainage system if elected in the December 7 general elections and urged residents to stop indiscriminate dumping to prevent disease outbreaks.

Aubynn also criticized the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for its failure to develop Ablekuma North, despite holding the parliamentary seat for over 28 years.

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