Interim measures needed to mitigate impact of tidal waves – Ablakwa

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, wants the government to institute an emergency solution aimed at tackling the devastating impact of tidal waves in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region and Ada in the Greater Accra Region.

According to the lawmaker, the inability to resolve the recurring incident is an indictment on the leadership of the country.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament, Okudzeto Ablakwa urged the government to resort to the contingency funds approved by the House for such emergency situations to bring some respite to residents.

“The tidal waves are back and our compatriots in the Keta, Ketu South, Anlo all the way to Ada are grappling with the tidal waves that have dislodged them and have really affected their livelihoods. I hope that we will find an emergency solution in the interim as we come together as a nation to find a long-lasting solution,” he said.

“It is an indictment that we have not addressed this matter once and for all. The president has not commented on this recurring disaster. It is important that we put that money [contingency fund] to use when natural disasters such as this occur. I hope that some interim measures will be put together immediately to alleviate the people’s plight,” he added.

About 20 households were left stranded at Agavedzi and some adjoining communities after tidal waves hit their homes on Sunday barely four months after hundreds were also left stranded in some coastal communities in the Volta Region due to the same incident.

In the Central Region, about eight houses along the beach of Brenu Akyinim in the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem Municipality were destroyed by tidal waves, rendering over 40 people homeless.

Other communities including Ayensudo were also affected by the high tide.