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Affected residents of tidal waves to have temporary accommodation as assembly starts new permanent housing units

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ketu South, Maxwell Lugudor has announced the construction of temporary structures along the coast for residents who were affected by the tidal waves that hit the area.

The move, according to Mr Lugudor, is to enable residents have places to lay their heads if the high waves strike instead of being left homeless after the disaster.

Mr Lugudor noted that the red cross is liaising with the Ketu South Assembly to erect temporary tents, housing units for residents and their families while they wait for the permanent housing units.

He revealed that the construction of the permanent housing unit would begin this month.

The MCE made this known when he visited Agavedzi where the tents are being erected for the affected residents.

According to Mr Lugudor, he had to lobby for the temporary solution when he realised that it is needed to ease accommodation challenges.

“As you can see, the materials are here for the start of the temporary accommodation which would prevent people from being homeless after any disaster that may occur,” Mr Lugudor said.

“They promised to give us 50 of the tents, so we want to put those things down in case tomorrow something happens. This way, at least people can have a place to lay their heads.”

According to Mr Lugudor, the structures are designed to be a concrete foundation with a tent to cover it from widow level to the roofing stage.

Mr Lugudor noted that it became very necessary to have a temporary remedy while they speed up works on some 15-unit permanent housing projects situated on an island at about 6 kilometres away from the sea.

With the permanent housing units, Mr Lugudor noted that the contractor has started the extension of water and electricity to the site, adding that moulding of 1000 blocks daily will also start this week .

The Municipal Engineer, Kingsley Oduro, said his outfit have conducted the feasibility studies on the island and have advised the contractor on what to do due the nature of soil there. 

“We have done feasibility studies very well and we know the type of soil on the site, hence the contractor is advised to establish the right foundation in order not to affect the facilities when completed” Mr Oduro said.

The 15-unit apartment is sponsored by Ghana Gas Company, the MCE appealed to other state and private entities to support by building more for the victims.

Residents are happy about the news of a temporary solution, but have urged government to consider the construction of the sea defence wall to prevent the sea from destroying the communities. 

Between July last year and March this year, more than 4,000 residents have been displaced by the waves in Keta, Anloga and Ketu South. 

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