Urban flooding: Coping with Weija Dam spillage by downstream communities in Ghana

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies

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Title Urban flooding: Coping with Weija Dam spillage by downstream communities in Ghana
Creator Asare, Gloria Tuffour, Michael
Subject Urban Studies; Sociology dam; spillage; flooding; urban; communities; coping.
Description This study adds to knowledge by specifically focusing on the dam spillage-induced floods within a fast-urbanising city with weak law enforcement in a developing country. Employing a sequential mixed-method approach, we first selected and analysed data from 120 respondents through a survey and complemented it with key informants residing in the communities affected by flooding. The findings revealed that dramatic ramifications of dam spillage-induced floods disrupt the livelihoods of many individuals in the form of disruption to income-generating activities and substantial property loss. Notwithstanding the devastating effect of the dam spillage, residents lack advance and adequate preparedness. In coping with such challenges, most flood victims rely on support from nongovernmental sources. The challenge of flooding from the dam spillage is multifaceted and deeply rooted in complex factors which includes growing urbanisation, poor urban planning and weak law enforcement. Residents’ adaptive strategies remain limited, demonstrating a dearth of resilience against such shocks.Contribution: In light of these challenges, the authors advocate a close collaborative working partnerships among stakeholders to provide flood risk management interventions, strategic planned dam spillage that minimises the effect of dam spillage-induced floods on the local communities, early warning systems and planning and enforcement of building regulations.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2024-03-06
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Mixed Method
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jamba.v16i1.1476
Source Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; Vol 16, No 1 (2024); 9 pages 1996-1421 2072-845X
Language eng
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Coverage West Africa 21st Century; Era of intense climate change Household data
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Gloria Asare, Michael Tuffour https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0