Flooding has remained a re-occurring menace that has continued to devastate many regions in the country, especially the Capital City
The recurrence has led to huge losses of lives, livelihoods, property and damage to public infrastructure.
This year floods like the previous years have continued to confound Ghanaians by its spread, magnitude and dimension. Its tempestuous rage has spared no region of the country, as virtually all the 16 regions of the country, have come under its fury.
We must state, however, that the situation keeps getting worse with each passing year. The reasons can be attributed to several factors, including rapid population growth, urbanisation, poor urban planning and climate change, especially the increased frequency and intensity of rainfall.
On June 3, 2015, Ghana had the worst of times since Independence, which torrential rainfall, which affected most parts of the country, flooded the Kwame Nkrumah Circle. Fuel leakage from the Goil Service station in the area and fire from a cigarette stub caused the devastating fire and flood catastrophe resulting in the death of 154 people.
Flooding after more than seven years since the twin disaster remains a critical issue, if not urgently tackled, will bring more devastating impacts on the environment, economy and socio political environment.
As a newspaper, we are of the view that there is need for more scientific approaches such as flood modelling, which drives flood risk management in more developed countries.
The government should deploy more funds to weather forecast, emergency management and the agencies in charge in the Appropriation Bill currently at the National Assembly.
We are of the considered opinion that even though flooding is a natural disaster, both government and individuals can do a lot to mitigate the devastation caused by flooding in Ghana through better management of the environment.
The government, must ensure that flood channels are created in areas prone to floods and that people are not allowed to block existing ones.