McCARTHY HILLS: THE GRAVEYARD STARING US IN THE FACE – SOCIETY WATCH

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Deteroriated houses on the McCarthy
Houses on the McCarthy Hills in Accra are on the brink of collapsing

The hoax, scare and bloody thoughts of an imminent earthquake hitting where the fault- lines are active within the environs of McCarthy Hills, Accra are thickening fast as the Ghana Geological Survey Authority piles up more pressure on residents to evacuate or risks putting their lives in jeopardy.

Coming on the heels of this warning is Thursday’s midnight tremor experienced by dwellers who live close to the Calvary Presbyterian Church, the very edge of the McCarthy Hills.

Deteriorated buildings in McCarthy Hills, Accra
how buildings on the McCarthy Hills looks like from a birds eye view

Jonas Tetteh, a resident, reported that he felt his building had shifted from its usual position while the foundations shook for about 30 seconds at about 12:09 am local time.
“This incident is not uncommon”, he says but previous ones only lasted for 5 to 10 seconds hence fueling fears that an earthquake may soon be on its way.

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Oblivious of the dangers residents are exposed to, many continue to live in perilous, sordid and squalid conditions with the  foundations of their buildings peeping out. William Boateng, a journalist, visited the area and reports that majority of the people living close to the edge of the McCarthy Hills are temporary settlers with unplanned structures dotted along the hill. Many cite economic factors coupled with the lack of affordable houses  as the reason for living in an area they described as a “death-trap”.

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“They said we should move out right? But is the government offering any public housing for those who’re  willing to relocate to a safer place? We know it’s dangerous to live here but my family can’t live rough in the streets to add to my economic woes”, Naomi Amewu, a mother of 3 lamented.

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Naomi’s concerns bring into sharp focus the responsiveness of state agencies amply tackling a disaster in waiting, possibly nothing will be done until the next wave of tremors hit these residents once more.

If they are not so lucky to have it for seconds, minutes of consistent vibration of their homes in another dreadful tremor may prepare them for their graves in a place they built up their dreams, hopes and aspirations in life.

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By: William Boateng

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