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Coastal Issues & Management

Vulnerability and risk levels of communities within Ankobra estuary of Ghana


Communities in the Ankobra estuary are generally rural and have a high vulnerability and risk to floods. However, there is little scientific evidence on the nature of floods; exposure of communities to floods and a flood risk map to help effective flood risk reduction and management within the estuary. This is as a result of limited attention given to flood occurrences at local scales. This study therefore sought to assess flood risk within the Ankobra estuary. Data were collected through interviews, community participatory mapping, observations and geographic information systems techniques (onscreen digitising, global positioning system mapping and spatial multi-criteria evaluation). Results from the study indicated that the estuary experiences three types of flood namely riverine, coastal and urban. Risk levels derived ranged from extreme, 0.75–1; high, 0.5–0.74; medium 0.25–0.49 to low, 0–0.24. The extreme risk zone covered an area of 46,725 m2; high risk zone covered 701,525 m2; moderate risk zone, 248,150 m2 and low risk zone, 9,167,758 m2. The study, therefore, recommends that people who live within extreme and high-risk zones should be relocated to low-risk zones while those in medium risk should undertake retrofitting of their buildings to minimize flow of flood water into their houses and rooms.

Read full paper http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2016.08.016

Name of Author(s):
Adams Osman, Benjamin Kofi Nyarko, Simon Mariwah
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Type of Publication:
Journal Article
Name of Publisher or Journal:
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Date of Publication:
2016
Number of Pages:
11