Perennial Floods in the Accra Metropolis: Dissecting the Causes and Possible Solutions
Flooding resulting from storm surges and surface run-offs have become one of the perennial disasters in Accra and other low lying areas of Ghana. Such disasters have drained Ghana‟s socioeconomic development in terms of properties destroyed and lives lost. Storm drains which are usually open have often been choked because of people dumping waste in them. Thus, when it rains during the months of March through June, these drains are not able to handle storm water and this leads to excessive flooding. This study explores four different areas within the Accra metropolis that have become susceptible to such disasters on yearly basis. The causes that contribute to such disasters were identified and recommendations for mitigating and solving them were offered.