Making Cities Resilient

Make Ghana Flood Resilience

Flood risks are increasing in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, Central Region, Upper East and Upper West, all the Northern belt, the middle and southern belt with estimated cost to the Nations at $3.2 billion worth of economic assets are at risk of flooding in the Regions. This figure is likely to quadruple by 2050 if no new mitigation measures are taken.

Imperative for DRNGhana is to boost communities in 276 Districts and Metropolis flood risk resilience. Recent rainstorm in most part of the country wrecked havoc to several homes and Livelihoods, impacts on schools in the Northern, middle and coastal Regions; halting learning activities and leaving most students traumatized,

 

Our Approach:

DRNGhana Set of actions to improve National flood resilience, includes;

  • Structural drainage infrastructure improvements and nature-based flood mitigation measures, as well as modernization of the existing flood forecasting, warning, and emergency response system;
  • Reduction of solid waste entering primary and secondary tributaries through community-based solid waste management, capping of dumps, and improvements in final solid waste disposal capacity;
  • Provision of flood resilient infrastructure and basic services in targeted low-income communities through participatory urban upgrading; and
  • Improvements in metropolitan planning and coordination, storm water regulation and flood zoning, as well as local governments’ operation and maintenance capacity.

 

Floods Highlights

Once again Accra came under water after a period of heavy rain caused urban flooding in the city on 28 October, 2019.

 

A bridge collapsed in Agbogba in the north of the city. Flood waters closed part of the Accra-Tema Motorway. As ever, locals complained about the poor state of the city’s drainage infrastructure.

 

Ghana’s Ashanti Region, at least 12 children have died in flood waters since flooding began there in September, according the Local news network.

 

Many of the children drowned while making their way to or from school during periods of heavy rain in Ashanti Region whiles,

Recent heavy downpours caused further flooding in the region. On 28 October a bridge in Asante Akim North District was completely destroyed.

 

Earlier this month where as many as 29 people were reported killed.

Ghana saw a spate of floods from March to June this year, including Northern Upper East Region.

 

Long-term heavy rainfall combined with water releases from the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso, caused severe flooding also the Northern Regions when over 30 people died and 100,000 were displaced in Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions.