Twenty two drains in the Greater Accra Region are to be desilted and dredged to ease the effects of flooding in the capital.

Accra has been a major point of flooding due to choked drains, poor drains and improper sanitation.

Sunday, seven persons were reported to have died due to floods after the rains.

A similar incident was reported a few weeks ago when five other people, including a mother and her baby, died in the floods.

In an interaction with the Minister of Sanitation, the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Project Coordinator, Engineer George Asiedu said aside from increasing the size of the drains at Kaneshie First Light, more than twenty drains including the ones at Mamprobi, Achimota and Kwashibu are being desilted.

For her part, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, said government has allocated ¢197 million for contracts for flood control in the country.

Meanwhile, the Manye of Kwashieman in Accra says henceforth, owners of shops and individuals who leave refuse or rubbish along gutters and open drains will be summoned to the palace or the Municipal Assembly.

This, she said is to ensure that the gutters are free of filth and to prevent them from being choked up, thereby causing flooding.

Manye Naa Adwoa Odeeduro said she has observed with worry how people leave rubbish in the open.

In a related development, work on the expansion of the drainage at Kaneshie First light has been extended to the end of this month.

Parts of the road have been closed to traffic for the construction of the 600 meter drainage which began on March 2 and was expected to have been completed by the end of last month.

However, the project which was supposed to ease the perennial flooding in the area faced some challenges and will now be completed in two weeks.

The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Project Coordinator, George Asiedu, announced this during an interaction with the Minister of Sanitation Cecilia Dapaah.

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