Sunday, August 2, 2009

MOVE TO SAFER PLACES...Opoku-Manu advises residents (PAGE 35)

THE Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Kofi Opoku-Manu, has asked people living along the banks of River Fum at Fumso in the Adansi North District to evacuate to safe places.
The directive followed continued rains at the weekend, which forced the river to overflow its banks and swept through a number of homes in the town.
Mr Opoku-Manu gave the advice when he visited the town last Monday to inspect damage caused by the flooding of the river over the weekend.
Seven houses along the banks of the river crumbled while personal property worth thousands of Ghana cedis were destroyed.
About 200 people were displaced in the flooding and some of them were putting up with friends and relations.
According to the residents, River Fum, which flows through the middle of the town had never caused such a disaster.
Mr Opoku-Manu, who was accompanied by the District Chief Executive (DCE), Alhaji Abdul Latif, and officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) expressed concern about the way people had built their houses so close to the river.
He promised to get NADMO to send relief items as soon as possible to the victims to assuage their problems.
Mr Opoku-Manu appealed to chiefs not to allocate building plots along river banks to prevent disasters resulting from flooding.
The DCE, Alhaji Latif, said the district assembly would strictly enforce building regulations to help save lives and property.

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