Drought, famine loom: Meteo warns

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The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA) has warned the government to put in place anti-drought measures, since, according to senior meteorological officer, Richard Agyemang, this year could record poor rains, which could, in turn, birth drought and food shortage.

In an interview with Class News on Friday 26 February 2016, Mr Agyemang stated that the country would face a situation similar to 1982/83 when the Ghana experienced severe food shortage.

“This year is an El Niño year and we are expecting well below average rainfall for this year.

“Very soon G-MET will come out with the seasonal weather forecast for the country. El Niño is a global phenomenon, so it is not pertaining to Ghana, alone, and it comes in a 3-7 year cycle. We experienced this in 1982/83, 1997/98. These are the strongest in history. The difference will be that Ghana, as a country today, is much better prepared than in ’82, so the impact will not be felt as in 1982/83. We have advised government, and they are the policy makers, and they will put measures in place to curb the situation,” he indicated.

Meanwhile the Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations in Water Sanitation (CONIWAS) has proposed some solutions.

Southern zone co-ordinator Benjamin Lartey told Class News that “Government should increase its budget allocation to the water sector.”

In addition, stakeholders should effectively implement all policies relating to water production in the country and enforce all laws to protect river bodies and water sources.

The Coalition is also advising that agencies in the water sector should be effectively monitored and held accountable for their mandate, as all resources are provided for them.

He said they were critical of the “Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) because if it had been a bit proactive and had lived to its core values of community and environmental care, which aim to encourage community participation in order to ensure the protection of the various sources of water used in potable water production, we wouldn’t have been running into this problem [of water shortages in some parts of the country] as it is now”.

He wondered why the country is hit with a water crisis just six months after the spillage of the Weija Dam.


Source: ClassFMonline

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