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Mallam residents appeal for reconstruction of damaged bridges

Residents of Mallam, a community in the Ga South Municipality, have appealed to the municipal assembly to reconstruct a concrete bridge that was destroyed as a result of the June 3 floods and also repair a wooden bridge that had been rendered weak and become wobbly as a result of the disaster.

They warned of a catastrophe in the area if the problem was not urgently addressed.

A resident in the area, Mr Jewel Ofori Poku, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, told the Daily Graphic that the June 3 floods destroyed a concrete bridge and also damaged a wooden structure constructed by the residents in another part of the community, thus turning it into a death trap.

According to him residents, including schoolchildren who used the wooden bridge, risked falling off as a result of its weak nature.

He added that there was also the possibility of people getting trapped in the gaping holes that had developed near the bridges as a result of the damage.

Casualties

Mr Poku said that six people, including two children, got drowned in the June 3 disaster when they attempted crossing the bridges.

“ We are,therefore, appealing to the Ga South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Jerry Akwei Thompson, and the Member of Parliament for the Constituency, Ms Comfort Rosemond Abrah, to facilitate the re-construction of the affected bridges on the Mallam-Borla road,” he said.

Mr Poku further claimed that even though Mr Thompson inspected the collapsed bridge a few days after the June 3 floods, no action had been taken yet.

According to him, if immediate measures were not taken to remedy the situation, it would affect the road that led to the community and thus jeopardise traffic flow.

Another resident, Mr Frank Quartey, also appealed to individuals and philanthropists to support them to repair the broken bridges before another disaster would occur.

 

Source: graphic.com.gh

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