July 25, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Akim Oda, Yaw Owusu Boateng has commended personnel of the Jungle Warfare School of the Ghana Armed Forces in Akim Akyease, for their yeoman’s job in evacuating persons who have had their homes flooded after heavy rains in Akim Oda and its environs yesterday.

According to the MP the timely intervention of the soldiers who brought their expertise to bear on the precarious situation, has contributed largely to ensuring that no death has so far been recorded.

Heavy downpour in Akim Oda has rendered several thousands of people in communities including Zongo, Jamaica and Saw- Mills areas homeless, as the Birim River has over flown its banks flooding many of the communities. The extent of damage caused to property is yet to be assessed.

The already terrible roads in the area have been worst hit as some have been submerged while others rendered unmotorable. The water is reported to have risen very high to the base of the Birim Bridge which is very strategic and links Akim Oda to towns in the Eastern and Ashanti Region including Ayirebi, Nkwanta, Abenase and New Edubiase.

Speaking to ghanamps.gov.gh, the Member of Parliament for Akim Oda, Yaw Owusu Boateng who is currently in the constituency empathized with the affected persons, urging them to exercise restraint as efforts are being made to help them with relief items, but was quick to add that the items can be donated to the victims only after the high waters have receded.

He expressed confidence that the relief items which the National Disaster Management Organization is yet to share among the victims would go a long way in bringing them some respite.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh