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Authorities blame location of UCC for flooding on campus


Authorities of the University of Cape Coast have blamed the location of the school as the cause of flooding on campus.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the University, Major Rtd. Kofi Baah Bentum, claims that the flooding was caused by chocked drains is untrue.

He explained that the school is surrounded by high lands thus causing water to flow through their campus any time it rains.

“To be honest with you, this is not new to the University of Cape Coast. The topography of the university is such that it is a little bit low lying and it is surrounded by communities and all the waters that flow through those communities pass through the university in order to get to the sea. So anytime it rains excessively, we experience some amount of flooding on certain parts of campus but I must add that Wednesday’s one was a little on the high side”.

Hours of downpour on Wednesday forced management of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) to suspend lectures.

According to the management of the university, the decision was to prevent any causalities.

In a statement, management advised both students and staff to remain in their homes and hostels as a safety measure.

“We wish to inform all staff and students of the University of Cape Coast that, in view of the massive flooding of parts of the campus arising from the heavy rainfall over the past several hours, lectures and quizzes have been suspended for the day. Further directives will be issued via notices and ATL FM. Students and staff are expected to remain safe in their homes and hostels.”

But, the Central Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation, Joe Donkor noted that the floods were caused by choked drains on campus.

He, however, indicated that it will take his outfit two days to desilt the gutters to allow for a free flow of water.

Meanwhile, academic activities on campus are to resume today, Thursday.

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