Whenever the rains descend, every year, they should not take us unawares. But they do.
In other countries that have to contend with more terrible weather or climatic conditions, a lot is done by them to anticipate the bad weather and to avoid its disastrous effects. In particular they supply more energy, and make their roads weather resistant. And the bad weather is not felt much.
But here, though the rainy season is shorter and less severe than the winter months, they devastate our roads and by implication impede vehicular movement. The rains slow down the economy. They affect public health and the general welfare of the people. Even governance suffers avoidable retardations and setbacks during the rains. The toll they take on virtually all public utilities is immense, and yet there is no public policy to recognize that the rains are so dangerous. They do considerable havoc as earthquakes and other natural disasters do in parts of the world, which we are blessed to have no one of.
The government has to be reminded that a comprehensive policy on how to contain the rains and their destructive impact in Imo state is long overdue. Such a policy should mobilize adequately by all means for all rural roads to be useful despite the rains.
The floods in them without exaggeration do drown children on their way to school, and the aged. They breed mosquitoes and increase deaths by malaria parasites, shortening our life-span. The rains aid silent killer diseases. Though people don’t complain much, this issue is now of serious public concern. As the rains come down heavily these days, disrupting normal life everywhere, everyday, it gives us the opportunity to point out this hideous face of the rainy season, which it seems, the authorities cannot see yet and take care of.
It is possible to legislate on how to mitigate the dangers posed by the rains. We have to do that soon as possible.