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Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly to fix bridge that caved in during downpour

The Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly is collaborating with the Department of Urban Roads to fix a bridge that caved in at Akweteman Pentecost Church during last Friday’s downpour.

The partial collapse of the bridge contributed to severe flooding in the area.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Okaikwei North, Boye Laryea, who spoke to Citi News, said a new and enhanced bridge is expected to be completed in a month’s time.

“Yesterday we gave the Urban Roads a full report of what has happened. So there and then they also followed it up and came and realized that something quickly has to be done"

"So yesterday the instruction was that we close that route and they started working on the drawings because according to them they need to change the whole architecture of that place"

"So we have made an alternative route. So I am sure that by Thursday, the drawings will be ready for work to commence,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMeT) has warned that the country’s capital, Accra, will experience flooding whenever it rains more than 50 millimetres.

The warning comes after last Friday’s downpour, which left parts of Accra in large swamps of running water.

Areas such as the Tema Motorway, Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, Kaneshie, North Kaneshie, Alajo, Adabraka, Accra Central, Tema, Tema station-Accra, Osu, and others were all heavily affected after close to an hour of rainfall.

The water left many houses and cars submerged, and drains carrying running water were overflown, while some potholes on roads were enlarged and deepened.

The Head of Forecasting at the GMeT, Joseph Portuphy, said in an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show that the rain was gauged at 78 millimeters, which is why that level of flooding was witnessed across the city.

He affirmed that it would be problematic for Accra whenever it rained more than 50 millimeters.

“If we have a rain above 50 millimetres within two to three hours Accra will be flooded and that was what happened,” he stated.

Mr. Portuphy noted that though the city is currently in the minor rainy season, the rains will be heavy.

Credit: Citinewsroom



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