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Dev’t on the Obuotabiri mountain stopped over landslide disaster by the Minister

The Eastern Regional Security Council chaired by the Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong has placed a ban on construction activities on the slope of the Obuotabiri mountain in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital over the looming landslide disaster.

With an increase in urban population in Koforidua, lands considered marginal for housing development are being utilized for construction of buildings.

The Obuotabiri mountain located in the heart of the city has been overlapped with human developments, specifically construction of buildings on the steep slope and foot of the mountains raising serious safety concerns.

Oral history indicates, there has been a landslide disaster in the mountain about a century ago.

The destruction of vegetation on the mountain and construction of houses have worsened the vulnerability and susceptibility of the mountain to major landslide disaster.

Experts have warned that developments on the slope of the mountain must be checked to mitigate a potential disaster.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong disclosed this during a dinner and awards night organized under the auspices of Daasebre Kwaku Boateng III Omanhene of New Juaben.

“We don’t want disaster to befall us.The rock on the mountain is sedimentary rock so whenever there is heavy downpour it could trigger landslide.We are using rule of law to prohibit development on the mountain.Building on the slope of the mountain won’t help anyone .It is a recipe for disaster,” he stated.

The Minister continued that, “We have to protect Koforidua from disaster. We get reports of flooding all over whenever it rains heavily. So we appeal to the citizens to desist from building on the obuotabiri mountain”.

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