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General News of Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Source: starrfmonline.com

NADMO rushes to Afram plains as 100 communities submerge

Officials of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) from the National Headquarters and the Eastern Regional Directorate are moving to Kwahu Afram Plains North District as floods submerge more than 100 communities.

The team is expected to arrive by Wednesday October 3.

The devastating floods caused by the Bagre Dam Spillage and Torrential rainfalls in the area have collapsed hundreds of houses in the affected communities and displaced many residents who are now being sheltered in classrooms and Churches.

NADMO officials say most of the affected communities are on the Island adding that many more communities have been affected as the organization continues to receive distress calls from other Island communities reporting of similar incidents.

Some of the affected communities are Mepe C.K Korpe, Kpekuidzi No.1 & 2 Zikpo,Kpekpa Korpe,Dodi,Apapasu Battor, KorleKorpe , Congo ,Kwaku Dadae,Gbadagba Kpala Tonu among others.

The floods have also destroyed 40 acres of Maize ,Cassava ,grandnut and Suger cane farms in Faaso Battor community .

The Afram Plains North District Director of NADMO David Nyarko told Starr News his staff are struggling to visit all the affected communities for assessment due to lack of safety logistics and speed boats.

“The Dwarf and the Afigya Island have about 500 communities, so we cannot cover it a day. Our Zonal Officers are along the lake but not all the areas that they are able to cover because the Volta Lake is bigger so it takes time “.

He added: ” we are waiting for the regional and National to come with speed boats so that we go there tomorrow so we are now mobilizing”.

The District NADMO Director blamed some residents for the devastation noting residents flout warning and build closer to the lake during the dry season.

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