The rising flood situation in Kumasi is largely independent of increase in rainfall and current temperature patterns.
That is the major finding in a research by the Department of Geography and Rural Development of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The findings are published in the journal, Cities.
The current debate suggests that climate change is behind the rising urban flooding in Ghana.
This research analysed the extent to which climate change influences flooding in Ghana.
Beyond the interviews, the researchers analyzed rainfall patterns between 1986 and 2016.
They found that rainfall has seen marginal increase in the past thirty years with several variabilities.
The results of the study showed that the rising flood situation in Kumasi is largely independent of climate-induced increase in rainfall and current temperature patterns.
“It’s, however, strongly linked with human-induced factors, including unregulated urban expansion, inadequate drainage infrastructure, poor solid waste management practices, and weak institutional and regulatory regimes,” lead researcher, Prof. Kabila Abass said.