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Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, said 926 people were displaced and no life was lost in the June 5, 2011 rains, which caused the Akora and Ayensu rivers to overflow their banks.

Answering questions on the floor of Parliament in Accra on
Tuesday, Mr Ofosu-Ampofo, said “A total of 926 people were displaced;
350 at Nampong and 576 at Ofoase but no life was lost.”
He commended the Police, the Ghana Fire Service and the National
Disaster Management Organisation officials for evacuating victims of
the flood.

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo said the entire community of Ofoase was virtually
washed away leaving only a school, clinic and a few houses, which were
on upper grounds.
At Nampong, 54 houses were washed away and 40 acres of farmlands
at Nampong and 60 acres at Ofoase were destroyed.
The Minister said four tents and other relief items were provided
for the Ofoase victims and three tents and other relief items were
provided for the Nampong victims.

“As a long term measure, the assembly is currently negotiating
with the chiefs to provide land on higher grounds to permanently
resettle inhabitants of the affected communities,” he said.
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo said the main bridge on a river in Agona Swedru
and its environs that was destroyed as a result of floods was being
repaired by the government.

He said Zoomlion Company was asked to collect debris caused by
floods and a bridge over the Akora River at the business centre of the
Agona Swedru, destroyed by floods, was being rehabilitated.
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo said new culverts or bridges would be constructed
to direct the flow of water from Akora River at Nkubem, and drains and
retaining walls would be built to direct flow of water from the Ankora
River at Nkubem.
Source: GNA

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