Ghana: NADMO rushes to Afram Plains to rescue 100 submerged communities.

By Papisdaff Abdullah

Officials of  Ghana’s National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) are moving to Kwahu Afram Plains North District of the Eastern Rgion as floods submerge more than 100 communities.

The team comprising of the National Headquarters and the Eastern Regional Directorate 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 in the Eastern and Volta regions of the country.

The floods have also destroyed 40 acres of Maize, Cassava, groundnut and Sugar 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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