On June 3, 2015, Ghana was draped in a tragic disaster that claimed the lives of over 100 people. The disaster was caused by both fire and flooding and it was for this reason, that Dredge Masters, a subsidiary of the Zoomlion Group of Companies, was contracted by government to clear drains to avoid similar occurrence in the future.
Communications Manager of Zoomlion, Mr. Robert Coleman disclosed to Peacefmonline.com in an interview that Dredge Masters is prepared to tackle perennial flooding that has been troubling Ghanaians during rainy seasons.
“In 2015, a lot of people died after a heavy downpour. For this reason, we searched for equipment to dredge and desilt the Odaw drain and Korle lagoon.
A lot of works has been done and today, the drain is in a better shape and could receive more rain water than it could in previous years”, he said.
Mr. Robert Coleman added that if Dredge Masters hadn’t taken the step to free the flow of water in drains and the lagoon, Ghana would have continued to experience the same problem.
“80% of the work has been done. When you look at the desilted materials that has been cart to the final disposal site, it is very huge…if you have all those materials deposited in the drains, certainly when it rains, and we are going to have problems”, he said.
The Korle lagoon in his view is in a better position to receive more water than it could hold in years gone and this mainly due to the rigorous work they have done on the site.
“We have done a lot of work and when it rains this year, the lagoon would be in better position to receive it”, Mr. Coleman said.
His major concern was however on the dumping of rubbish in drains whenever it rained. According to him, such ungodly acts has always made their work difficult and pleaded with individuals to avoid littering the streets.
“The major problem has to do with the people who put rubbish in the drain anytime it rains. People have also encroached areas where it would have been easier for us (Dredge Masters) to desilt the gutters”, he lamented.
He was quick to add that if government agencies in charge of public education are able to intensify teachings on the need for people to stop polluting the environment with filth and enforcing bye laws that would be harsh on offenders, it would prevent people from littering about.
He ended by charging government to empower t environmental officers at the various sub metros to prevent activities of individuals who contribute to flooding.
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