Disaster Management and Prevention

NADMO

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The Disaster Management and Prevention unit assists the planning and implementation of programmes to prevent and/or mitigate disaster in the MMDAs within the policy framework of national policies. As part of its preventive role, the unit assists and facilitates education and training of volunteers to fight fires, etc. and organizes public disaster education campaign programmes. The Disaster Management and Prevention unit ensures that there is an adherence to rules in respect of private and public properties to ensure adequate protection against disaster.

ADIDOME FLOOD SITUATION 2022

On Wednesday, 28th September, 2022, there was a heavy downpour which flooded most part of the country and Adidome was not left out. It rained the whole day which caused severe flooding in some part of Adidome and its environs.

The NADMO team visited affected areas on the day of the rain and also the day after, to assess the level of damage. Because of the sloppy nature of the town, those on the lower end of the slope suffer a lot if it rains. Fortunately there were no casualties but many houses were submerged in water in the Adidome Township which destroyed some properties belongs to the victims.

Per records available in the district NADMO secretariat, the following areas are known to be heavily flooded whenever it rains;

• The Methodist primary / JHS, school

• The Abattoir area
• The street from Club De Page through to the Perez Chapel down to the cemetery
• Areas around Camp Daniel
• Areas around the Global Evangelical Presbyterian church
• Areas behind the Pentecost Church
• Roman Ridge Junction down
• Aziewa

The team visited the above flood prone areas, the following were the findings;

1. Inadequate drains
Most of these areas do not have adequate drains to carry a large volume of water through them for disposal. It’s a major concern to us because major drains are not constructed which could have avoided the flooding situation in the Township.
2. Indiscriminate disposal of waste
This is also a cause of the flooding in these places. The limited drains were also filled with plastic wastes which blocked the water from free flow to its intended destination, thereby making its way into the houses of the victims. Weeds have also grown in some of the gutters which makes it difficult for running water to flow freely (chocked gutters)
3. Building on Water ways
Some of the buildings we found in these areas were built on low lying grounds and on water ways which makes it difficult for the water to flow when it gets to that point. There is an ongoing project (fenced wall) which is being constructed directly on a water way in Adidome close to the California Spot in which Town and Country Planning need to revisit and advice the Assembly
4. Filling of compound by residence
Due to flooding, some residents are forced to fill their compounds with sand or gravel. Those who are unable to do theirs end up having their compounds on the lower level which collects running water from other places
5. Unplanned developments
It was also established that buildings are being put up haphazardly without any form of control. The attention of the Assembly has to be drawn to this emergence situation to curb this menace.

RECOMMENDATION

1. Provision of Adequate Drains
It is recommended that another drain be constructed along the road from club de page heading towards the Methodist primary school. This drain should be constructed to meet the main drain which is in front of the Adidome old post office from opposite “California Spot”. Also culverts should be constructed in front of the Methodist primary school to ease the flow of water and also to help the pupils concentrate and not panic in case its rain. According to the teachers of the Methodist school, whenever it rains, the school will have to be closed down because of the flooding nature of the area. This situation needs urgent attention to avert any future misfortune.
2. Education and sensitization on refuse disposal.
Residents should be educated on the safe practices of waste disposal and measures to put in place to avoid flooding. Zoomlion should be empowered to work effectively on waste disposal.
3. Inspection of sites before building.
This would go a long way to improve upon the flood situation if the Town and Country Planning officers inspect building sites and give expert advice to land owners on where to build.
4. Assist NADMO with relief items and equipment.
It is recommended that the District Assembly assist NADMO in provision of relief items and equipment’s such as shovels, Willington boots, cutlasses, raincoats, reflectors and torch lights to assist both NADMO and the affected victims to rescue properties and lives in a possible case of a disaster.

CONCLUSION

The flood situation in Adidome is perennial but if collaborated effort could be put together it will make this situation a thing of the past.

THE RAIN CAUSING EROSION ON THE ROAD OPPOSITE THE (FELI LOGO) JUNCTION

THE HOUSE BEHIND THE PEREZ CHAPLE BEEN FLOODED DURING THE RAIN

RESIDENTS SWEEPING WATER FROM THEIR ROOMS (AMERNUVOR HOUSE ADIDOME)

PEREZ CHAPLE IN ADIDOME FLOODED (ADJACENT CARLIFONIA SPOT)

NADMO OFFICERS TAKING ASSESMENT AFTER THE RAIN

SERIOUS EROSION CAUSED BY THE RUNNING WATER

RESIDENTS COLLECTING WATER FROM THEIR SHOPS

A SECTION OF THE ADIDOME METHODIST SCHOOL

PART OF AZIEWA BEEN SUBMERGED BY THE RAINS

THE FLOOD TOTALLY DESTROYED THE ROAD OPPOSITE (FELI LOGO) JUNCTION

A SECTION OF THE NADMO TEAM AT AZIEWA AFTER THE RAIN

A NADMO OFFICER PLANTING COCONUT TREE AT AVAKPEDOME AS PART OF THE NATIONAL TREE PLANTING EXERCISE

NADMO OFFICER INSPECTING SOME TREES HE PLANTED SOMETIME AGO

BUSH FIRE CAMPAIGN AT WENU COMMUNITY IN THE MAFI AVEDO ZONE IN 2022

BUSH FIRE CAMPAING AT MAFI ADAKPO COMMUNITY IN THE MAFI AVEDO ZONE

CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION AT OLD BAKPA