Flooding: Kasoa-Winneba Highway closed to traffic

The Ayensu River has overflowed its banks causing a devastating flooding at Gomoa Okyereko in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region.

The flooding has occurred as a result of the diversion of the natural course of the river by the contractor working on the Kasoa-Winneba road expansion.

Several residents have been affected and the road closed to traffic.

The contractor, Nag Firmont, blocked the natural course of the Ayensu river from the main bridge to a smaller one at Gomoa Okyereko.

However, heavy rains in the Eastern Region where the river takes it source caused the river to overflow its banks and submerging the Gomoa Okyereko, Adawukwa, and Mampong communities.

So far, 150 houses have been flooded while three have totally collapsed displacing hundreds of residents.

Large acres of rice, vegetable farms as well as fishponds have also been completely inundated throwing farmers into possible huge losses.

The integrity of a portion of the road has also been compromised forcing authorities to close the road to traffic to prevent any misfortune.

Some commuters who got stranded as a result of the closure registered their frustration at the development.

Drivers who were not aware of the situation drove into the closed area prompting a heated argument between them and officials of the construction firm.

Meanwhile, residents of the area have blamed the contractor for their plight as they accuse him of failing to engage them on possible dangers that could arise as a result of the diversion

Residents along the 30kilometer Kasoa-Winneba stretch where the contractor is carrying out an expansion and redesign works are accusing the contractor of gross disregard for their safety.

Speaking with Metro News, some residents noted that accident rate has increased on the stretch due to the dumping of construction materials without caution. Also, deep trenches dug along the stretch poses significant danger to residents, especially at Gomoa Buduburam where the contractor has been carrying out series of rock blasting with explosives.

Meanwhile, the Central Regional Minister, Justina Marigold Assan after touring the affected zone told Metro News that contingency measures have been laid to remedy the situation.

By: Akwasi Addo | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

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