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General News of Friday, 14 September 2007

Source: GNA

Three bridges in Wa East destroyed by floods

Funsi (U/W), Sept 14, GNA- Three bridges in the Wa East District of the Upper West Region, have been destroyed by floods, making transportation in the area almost impossible.

One of the bridges is on the Funsi-Wa road, linking Funsi, the District capital to Wa, the Upper West regional capital, while the other two bridges are on the Jumo and Yala-Kundungu roads.

Consequently, this had affected socio-economic activities of people in the affected areas as only motorcycles and bicycles operators could risk riding across the remaining portion of the shaky bridges. Mr. George Hikah Benson, Upper West Regional Minister, visited the affected areas immediately he received a distress call from a Catholic nun, who was stranded with other passengers on their way to Wa from Funsi.

The Regional Minister who was accompanied by Mr Robert Ayalingo, the Regional Police Commander, were briefed on the flooding situation by Mr. Joseph Bolibie, the presiding member of the Wa East District Assembly, who is also district director of health services. Mr. Bolibie said the Funsi Health Centre had recorded many cases of diarrhoea among children since the beginning of the flooding. He said the collapse of the Jumo and Yala- Kundungu bridges was also making it difficult for sick persons in the affected areas to attend the health centre.

Pick up vehicles that conveyed the Minister and his entourage was used to evacuate some of the passengers, who were stranded, to the main road from where they took buses to Wa.