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'We do this every day when it rains' - Choklombo Nkwanta residents cry for bridge

Last night heavy downpour which flooded Choklombo Nkwanta, a town within the Pru East of the Bono Region, has cut the entire town from the others as residents struggle to go about their normal duties. Rains which should be celebrated as a goddess of water for drinking and personal use has become the nightmare of Choklombo Nkwanta natives and residents anytime it rains.

We don't have proper drainages and the water floods the entire road which separate the town from the nearest city, Yeji. Last nights rains were not even torrential rain which should have given us problems, but because of the lack of drainages along the roads, the entire road becomes over flooded living as stranded every time.

The Asuka River is also a major factor in the flooding as it doesn't have the strength to take all the river anytime it rains. We have been doing this every day when it rains and if we don't, our mothers, children and women can't use the road, Salifu Osman Banda, the Assemblyman of Choklombo Nkwanta Electoral Area stated as they pull a long thick across the river to make it accessible to anyone.

Salifu was affirming their willingness to help any contractor who will be assigned to Choklombo Nkwanta to either construct gutters for them or a bridge over the Asuka River so they can cross it anytime it rains. We are able men with muscles who can help any contractor who will come to our aid and construct gutters for us.

We will not just support the contractor but will offer free labour to the contractor so we can cut the building cost of having either a bridge on the Asuka River to make the area accessible to motorists and residents wherever it rains.

John Annan, a school teacher at St. Martin's Presbyterian Primary School in Choklombo Nkwanta, explained that he had no choice but to cross the river with his uniforms anytime it rains. I must be in school and as someone who lives in Yeji, I can't abandon my duties and will have to walk in the river before I can cross the road to the other side, Annan explained.

Cars and motorbikes don't cross the road anytime it rains and leaves passengers at the end of the roads forcing them to cross the river with their clothes on. Those who can swim, normally swim to the other side whiles those who can't swim, always relies on others for help when the river overflows to its maximum after a fall.

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Asuka River Bono Region Choklombo Nkwanta Pru East Salifu Osman Banda


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