The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ellembele in Western Region, Kwasi Bonzoh, has assured residents of Adubrim and Akropong, all in his district, that destruction of their houses by flood will soon be a thing of the past.
Recently, about two hundred houses at Adubrim and Nzema Akropong got destroyed by flood, rendering the occupants homeless. Presenting some relief items to the victims, he said government would surely find a lasting solution to perennial flooding in the two lowland communities to protect lives and property.
The DCE believes this disaster would not reoccur, as frantic measures are far advanced by the Assembly and government to relocate the residents to higher lands. He disclosed that a technical committee would soon visit the designated lands to lay out streets, water, electricity and other social amenities, and urged the people to cooperate with the committee.
Mr Bonzo cautioned them against politicising incidents of flooding since disaster has no party colours. “Although the Assembly will not bear full cost of reconstructing houses for the flood victims, it will be supported by government to provide them with cement blocks and roofing sheets,” he stated.
The DCE further revealed minimum compensation to owners of affected farms, saying “the Assembly had, in the meantime, put in place some mitigating measures to erect tents for the victims as well as provide them with relief items, which will be in two phases.”
He made the disclosure whilst presenting the first batch of relief items to the victims at separate ceremonies last Friday. Over two hundred bags of rice, soaps, toilet rolls, mosquito nets, plastic buckets, among others, were distributed that day.
Nana Assuah Meah, the Adubrim chief, commended the DCE, and pledged the people’s readiness to support the relocation exercise with communal labour.