Right now, I’m not even sure when Ghana’s two rainy seasons begin and when they end. The rains fell heavily from May through August. There seemed to be a temporary reprieve in September. But now, at the end of October, the rains have come again. Two nights of incessant raining has caused flooding in Accra. My neighborhood is okay but parts of Accra and Tema have not been so lucky.
People like to sleep when it rains. It’s cooler and it encourages snuggling, cuddling and the kinky rest. Not for me. Since coming back to Ghana, I’ve found our tropical rainy weather must problematic. I get very nervous when it thunders and rains. This has compounded my usual bout of insomnia. I have not been able to sleep for two nights.
Parts of Accra are flooded, some lives have been lost. The damage is real and costly. Given the above average rainfall this year, some flooding is expected. But Ghana, we are not tired of this, we are not tired of our inaction and inertia? Are we not sick of ourselves yet? It might rain tonight, what then? Will our government and NADMO (agency in charge of disaster) tell us what we can do today to fend off another disaster tomorrow?
This year, the government was successful in limiting destruction in flood-prone areas in the Upper West and Upper East regions of Ghana. There was a massive education campaign coupled with temporary evacuations of some communities. We need this in Accra. We want to take one day as it comes. But the rains are cumulative. If the land is water-logged and the waterways and drains are already filled, flooding will occur. If we’ve built in the path of rivers and close by lagoons, flooding will occur. We need to be educated. I admit that I’m ignorant as to what I can do in my neighborhood to secure property and lives. And talking about communities; NADMO has to train members of each community on timely emergency skills. We are the first on the scene and the ones who help out the most. The disasters happen where we live and work. Get us involved, please.
The rains must come. This, afterall, is a good thing. But the lives lost, the damage, the destruction- the extent of this is our fault. OURS!
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