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Unplanned communities and natural disaster

Glefe, a slum in the west side of Accra. The area gets heavily flooded about once a year. This picture is from June 10th 2014, when the community was flooded as a result of the combination of the spillage of the Weija Dam and the rain. The houses are literally built on the beach. The constructions are illegal, meaning that there is no planning and it is forbidden to build in this area. Residents here claimed the space for a short stay and not for residence, but eventually they settled there, about 7 years ago. There are no hospitals and public schools in the community, only private ones and those established by NGOs and volunteers (for a total of about 40 schools). There are no paved streets and no drainage system, and that is what caused the food and also made it difficult for the water to drain which in fact stayed there for many days. The area which is already difficult to reach regardless of the whether condition, became even more isolated . Glefe gets somehow flooded every time there is heavy rain but on June 10th as in other occasions in the past, the combination of the rain and the spillage made the situation even worse. Three people have died during the flood and some school remained closed for days because either they are flooded or children have fled.disaster

“Where the streets have no name”

My 9th day in Ghana. I have seen running water only for one day at home and at the hotel where we stayed for the on-arrival training. Today it’s the 4th consecutive day without running water. I hope we get it by tomorrow, since it will also be our first day at work. Yesterday I had been to a couple interesting places.

Beach at Glefe

Beach at Glefe

We went to Glefe slum, a community at about 3km from where we live which has been flooded as a result of the spillage of the Weija Dam on Tuesday 10th and the rain. The houses are literally built on the beach. The constructions are illegal, residents here claimed the space for a short stay and not for residence, but eventually they settled there, about 7 years ago. There are no hospitals and public schools in the community, only private ones and those established by NGOs and volunteers (for a total of about 40 schools). There are no paves streets and there is still a lot of water around which makes the driving of the car very “adventurous”. The area gets somehow flooded every time there is heavy rain but on Tuesday the combination of the rain and the spillage made the situation even worse. Three people have died during the flood and some school have been closed because either they are flooded or children have fled. Continue reading