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General News of Monday, 25 July 2011

Source: citifmonline

Floods displace 3,000 in Eastern region

About 3,000 people have so far been rendered homeless in Akyem Oda as the Birim River overflows its banks.

More communities in the Eastern Region continue to be hit by the disaster following recent heavy downpour in the region.

The phenomenon is worsening the already deplorable road network in the region as some have been submerged and others have been rendered unmotorable.

Four people have so far been reported dead after heavy rainfalls filled the Birim River beyond its boundaries and flooded several other communities.

Parts of the Kade constituency have been cut off due to severe flooding.

The worst affected communities include Jejeti, Anyinam, and Mampong in the Atiwa district and Osino and Juaso in the Fanteakwa district. Large tracts of farmland have also been submerged.

Speaking to Citi News, the Eastern Regional NADMO coordinator, Ransford Boakye, said NADMO has been able to deal with the floods at Fanteakwa district but is struggling to deal with the floods in the Atiwa district.

Mr. Ransford Boakye disclosed that shelter has been provided for the affected victims adding, a team has been dispatched from Accra to the Eastern Region with mattresses and other relief items to cater for the displaced victims.

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday called on government to send relief items to flood victims in the Eastern Region with immediate effect.

Sympathising with chiefs and people of the affected communities, Nana Akufo Addo encouraged them to be strong in these difficult times.

He also called on public authorities, especially NADMO, to do their best to provide immediate relief to citizens of all areas hit by the unfortunate disaster, as soon as possible.