In a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency, Mr Ankapong said in addition to the formal due diligence conducted at the Lands Commission and the Planning Authorities, it is prudent for one to visit the site after a downpour, to help give a better indication of the area’s liability to flooding.
He said the rains and the running water allows prospective buyers to know if the property they are acquiring was built in or around a waterlogged area.
Mr Ankapong said: “The best time to buy land preferably is just a day after it rains. Call the landlord and or the property owner. Book a date immediately it rains and go and inspect the property. If you visit a site after a downpour you can immediately tell whether you are likely to face floods.
“The terrain of the land could also help you predict if the land could flood. The general planning of the neighbourhood could also give a hint. Are there good drainage systems?”
He said big drains are a sign of an old stream or that there is a drain close-by, implying that when it rains too much, the water level would start rising.”
“Many Ghanaians unknowingly acquire properties in waterways or close to shallow drainage system, such buyers lose properties and potentially their lives when it rains heavily, Dzorwulu, Adabraka, Circle and parts of Tesano as areas that commonly flood.’’
Mr Ankapong said Accra is one of the cities in Ghana with a flooding history. This year alone, at least two people have died as a result of floods.
In 2015, the city saw one of its worst disasters resulting from flooding and fire in the commercial district of the Kwame Nkrumah Circle. The disaster saw the death of more than 200 people.
Mr Ernest Hanson, Managing Director of Lifestyle Property Development said the excessive use of concrete by homeowners as one of the less known causes of flooding in the city.
“Homebuilders have increased the footprint of their houses at the cost of garden space. Lawns and greenery reduce the speed of the running water and allow water to be absorbed versus that of concrete and tiles.”
Mr Hanson advised prospective homebuilders and developers to conduct a thorough hydrological test on the plots of land before they acquire them.
“Most properties flood because a hydrological survey of the area wasn’t conducted before the land was purchased; you have to do that study and take a history of flooding in that area.”
He cautioned property seekers to be extra vigilant when acquiring properties,
“Buying land or a house in Ghana is a huge investment. For this reason, buyers need to conduct their due diligence to ensure what they are buying is not located in waterways.”
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