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Are we at hazard of Covid-19 pandemic and flooding?

We all hope that this Covid-19 pandemic does not stay prolonged so that we can get back again to our usual lives as soon as practicable.  

Even so, drawing from activities in China, South Korea and currently Italy and Spain, it is appearing that the cycle for breaking the back of the virus may well go further than 3 months just before we progressively start out to bounce back again.

Even with that, there is often the concern for a next wave, which we certainly do not desire for. It is thus not astonishing that, the WHO is warning countries to be quite careful in the method limits of the lockdown are taken out.

This indicates that Ghana and several African countries might have to put together for a relatively very long haul which might stretch into June/July and possibly past. But, specified that June/July is the peak of the wet year, we are also confronted with the chance of floods, which might exacerbate the crisis condition we are struggling with currently.

This is why it is critical that we all embrace the measures set in by the Authorities so that we can assist crack the cycle of the virus early. In just this context, it is regretting experiences are emerging from the media suggesting that some persons are turning out to be recalcitrant.

It is critical the message will get to all that, we all have to abide by the President’s directives to enable defeat the virus early ample just before the rains get to its peak. Normally, we may possibly be at the verge of plunging the region into the double agony of obtaining to offer with floods and the worst of the Covid-19.

Right here, it is appropriate to question no matter whether we are making ready in the occasion that there is flooding in the course of the lockdown and what that would signify for our disaster management procedures?  

Currently, the Nationwide Disaster Administration Business (NADMO) is at the forefront of utilizing the distribution of Government’s necessary offers in the communities. If the status quo must remain, which I hope not, will there be plenty of resources and ability from the NADMO to deal with equally flooding and Covid-19 engagements?

We can only hope that their resources are not stretched to the restrict, so that they would be accessible to contain both of those predicaments, to the ideal of their potential.

Admittedly, in the midst of the lockdown, the streets would be cost-free as people would be envisioned to be at residence. In this case, should really the streets turn out to be flooded, it might pose small hazard to life. Even so, for households dwelling in flood inclined parts the situation may possibly get in touch with for assistance.

What will be the strategy need to their communities and households get flooded? If social distancing is nonetheless on by then, what would victims be expected to do? How would victims be rescued if the need be, and what will be the method? As the President rightly said, we are not in ordinary situations and we may well be in for far more troubles if we really do not critically take into consideration all solutions with the weighty rains environment in.  

The NADMO may have their have options in place, nonetheless it might also be superior if some variety of early education and recognition is designed for communities to commence to value the predicament and also advise on how they might have to behave if we should really be confronted with flooding when we are nonetheless in Covid-19 handle. 

 It is a difficult circumstance but might be imminent. At the instant, all our attention is on the Covid-19 and rightly so. Having said that, if we start off to system in advance for flooding as very well, which we all know is perennial, it could save us further more trauma and frustrations and also assist us regulate the problem superior.

We are indeed in tricky moments and we need most people on board to appreciate the chance level and also adhere to govt directives and basic safety measures in this demanding and distressing situations.

Early education and learning and recognition in my check out will do us a large amount of fantastic.

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