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The pains of dying with rains


It is always known in our culture that rains are blessings, but in this current situations people dread to see the clouds form. They gnash and wish it is never June.

Exactly a year ago, the country was plunged into a state of disarray and mourning where, according to media reports over 150 people lost their lives to the down pour that hit the country at circle, known as twin disaster.

Children became orphans, young couple metamorphosed to widows and widowers, students lost their long held dreams and babies and children innocently succumbed to the running water helplessly to death. No amount of tears, wailing could bring back the lost ones.

Those who survived had their lives complicated with trauma and regrets yet had no choice than to thank God.

They are dead and gone forever, they can only be remembered with a reflection of pains and curses.

Of course, the argument still remains whether as a country we have learnt our lessons and put in strategies to contain on coming down pours. City authorities of the Metropolitan Assembly have always come to their defense concerning floods in Accra.

Evidently, there are contractors desilting choked gutters in and around circle and other communities, the institution of Sanitation Day are some measures to curb the perennial flooding of the city. However, the situation remains unchanged. Must we always run helter-skelter anytime it rains?

According to the Mayor of Accra, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije in an interview with Class FM Monday, May 23, he indicated that he feels comfortable that the floods have reduced, recounting some measure put in place by the Assembly.

“Given the fact that it has rained continuously for four days in Accra where we know that naturally speaking it would have flooded this city to major heights, but that has not happened. We have seen some flooding in Adabraka and in some parts of Accra, but let us recognise the fact that it has not risen to the level that we used to be seeing because some works have been done,” Mr Vanderpuije noted.

However, this morning down pour have refuted and exposed his assertion. It is just telling us that there are more works to be done and it goes beyond mere political rhetoric but conscious actions and strict implementation.

As people we stand a greater risk of experiencing the June 3 disaster again. Peoples’ vehicles were submerged in the rain, offices flooded and the whole environment choked with plastic waste.

Assuming that another petrol leaked from a filling station and fire just lit from nowhere, then it would be like a dream and scene from the latest James Bond movies, people will lose lives and properties again.

We have had enough of the deaths and “sweet talks”, commemorations and celebration of painful and avoidable deaths are not needed now, it only remind us of our pains.

As citizens, let’s remind ourselves to always keep our environment clean.


Joshua Quaye

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