RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY
“Rain, rain, go away
Come again another day
People want to dry their wet clothing
Rain, rain, go away”
While some people pray it rains cats and dogs, others pray it rains ants and lice. In recent times, parts of Ghana, especially, Accra, have been hit by perennial floods as a result of long hours of heavy downpour.
Homes, properties and even lives have been lost to these floods, not forgetting the economic implications on government and other relief agencies. The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), the Catholic Relief Services and other NGOs have in their own small ways help to put back smiles on the face of victims.
My main concern for writing this piece is the ‘wait until we are in crisis’ mentality of some people. The indiscriminate and improper disposal of waste into drains, lack of drains and building on water ways cannot be over emphasized when the issue of flooding is being discussed. One of the worst floods that ever hit Accra was from Monday 3rd to Tuesday 4th July 1995. Asylum Down and Alajo fell first class victims because they did not have drains big enough to contain the level of water.