Hon Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, Member of Parliament(MP) for Klottey Korley constituency in Accra, has launched a new mobile App as part of measures to help residents monitor weather conditions and warns of potential environmental dangers.
The mobile app was launched in collaboration with Vodacom Business Ghana as partner to fight perennial floods in the capital city and other parts of the country.
Speaking at the launching ceremony in Accra Friday June1, Dr. Zenator said, the app offers regular weather forecasts, warns users of potential flood prone areas during rainfall, and offers recommendation on safe havens during floods.
She added that, the App also allows users to monitor reported incidents of distress during floods and other related incidents, nothing that, “it has the potential for broader citizen engagement in issues within our communities.”
Minister for Works and Housing, Hon Samuel Atta Akyea, bemoaned the negative attitude of Ghanaians on waste disposal and called for strict laws to ensure our drains are ride off of filth.
He said the rainy season is in, and the capital city needs to provide real-time responsive services when it comes to warning its citizens about flooding.
The Minister who is also MP for Abuakwa South, disclosed that government is in the process of procuring funds to dredge the major drains and build better ones as well as control flood in the country.
While commending the Klottey Korley MP for the innovative steps to reduce flood victims, Mr Atta Akyea called for paradigm shift from building opened drains in the country.
He added, “these kind of open drains add more to our problems. In other jurisdictions, you won’t see any gutter, all waters goes underground, but here water pass even through our home and I think is about time we change the way we build our gutters.”
In his view, the floods are no longer perennial problems but rather ritual event where the nation is thrown into mourning every year as a result of floods.
He therefore called on city authorities to enforce the bye-laws on sanitation to ride of filth as residents dispose off waste without thinking of the consequence afterwards.
Managing Director of Vodacom Ghana, Mr Kwame Mintah said, the flood alert app allows monitoring of the live status of flood relevant to the user’s current location.
In addition , the app provides the status of flood alerts for up to two user defined locations such as home, office, or a relative’s house.
Ms Florence Ohene, Vodacom Head of Sales explained that , through the app platform, citizens would be able to receive and report flood information in their respective neighborhood and other parts of the Country.
“So if there is an emergency situation, information can immediately be delivered to the general public,” she said.
The app is connected to a platform owned by Vodacom, a subsidy of Vodafone Ghana, a wider spectrum of people will be informed about the conditions within the capital.
Several rivers and drains flow straight into the city of Accra, from far as Eastern Region and northern eastern of Accra Dodowa and others, making the city flood prone and a great risk-way for floods.
This mobile app aims to give added support to citizens during the rainy season in the country. The peak of rainy season is expected to hit during the months of May to October in the Southern sector and from June to October in the Northern sector of the country.
Three years ago, flood disaster killed over 150 people in Accra, but it appears it has not change the bad attitude of our waste disposals.
Source: the republic news online.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba