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General News of Friday, 22 July 2011

Source: citifmonline

Floods displace 800 in Eastern region

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has dispatched a team to the Eastern Region as more communities get flooded by rivers which have broken their banks following torrential rains.

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

About eight communities have been flooded after the Birim River broke its banks following hours of rainfall last Monday.

According to NADMO, about eight hundred people have so far been displaced by the floods.

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.

“As for Fanteakwa for now I think it is okay but we have torment at Atiwa District and I have just had reports from my district coordinator that parts of Kade are on the waters…and there is no movement for now”.

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.

In a related development, the Upper East Region is bracing for the possible spillage of the Bagre and Kompiemga dams in Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso has warned that if the rains fall consistently, there will be the need for spillage of excess water from the dams.

NADMO has already issued a flood alert warning in the three northern regions in anticipation of the spillage.

Last year’s spillage led to flooding in many communities in the three regions and caused extensive damage to property.