Luck during travelling: Floods in Accra
It June the 2nd 2015. Today I will go to from Nkoranza to Accra. This journey will take me a whole day squeezed into a trotro. Basically I need to sit in a small van with 15 other people. At Kumasi I need to switch from trotro. Here a priest entered the trotro. It is Sunday so of course we need to know everything about the bible today. Unfortunately I can’t understand any word of it. But I don’t think God helped us this week in Accra.
June the 3rd. I wake up in a mess. I am couch surfing at the moment. And the Ghanaian guy that I am staying with told me that there are floods in Accra so that I need to be careful. At the moment I go out I already notice the mess. A taxi has been taken from the road by the water and got stuck between some houses.
Most of my meetings got cancelled today or are delayed a lot because people aren’t able to go out. So I decided to go to the National Museum. Even the museum has some problems; the roof is leaking and the even some of their art collection is getting wet at the moment.
On my way to my first meeting I discovered a place where they were fishing cars out of the river. A billboard is almost falling down on a huge amount of people. And at the main square to get your transportation some new build bridges collapsed. Even worse a gas station exploded here as well and according to the news that I read afterwards almost a hundred people died here. I am so lucky because I visit all those places regularly when I am in Accra.
My Ghanaian friend also showed some footage from what he saw of the floods in Accra today. Children dying because they were taken by the water and houses that are destroyed by the water. I noticed at the moment I am going back to Nkoranza that I am very lucky this week. The city was a mess.
Maybe the main problem is the Ghanaian perception. Instead of doing something to prevent this in the future, they think this is the will of God. So they accept this instead of looking at the problems and solving this for in the future.
The main problem of the floods in Accra is that upstream people are throwing all different kind of waste in the river. At the moment there is heavy rainfall the water gets stuck and when the power is big enough all the waste including with all the water will enter Accra. I really hope they will change this in the future but for on the short term I am very skeptical.