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Move To Higher Grounds/Safe Havens To Avoid Disasters" - NADMO Cautions


Management of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), is cautioning residents living in the five Northern Regions, Northern parts of the Oti Region and the Afram Plains of the Eastern Region to move to higher grounds or safe havens to avoid disasters following the spillage of the Bagre and Kompienga Dams in Burkina Faso.


According to NADMO, the consequences of the spillage downstream in Ghana is the possible overflow of the banks of the White and Black Volta.


In a statement sighted by Thinknewsonline.com, it said "The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) will like to inform the general public especially those living in the five Northern Regions, Northern parts of the Oti Region, The Afram Plains of the Eastern Region to take note that the Authorities of Burkina Faso-SONABEL, Managers of the Bagre and Kompienga Dams, have yesterday 1 st September, 2022 at 9:00am, opened the valves of the Bagre Dam and thus have begun the spillage of excess water in the dam in order to save the dam.

The consequences of this spillage downstream in Ghana is the possible overflow of the banks of the White and Black Volta"


The statement also charged all communities along the banks of these Rivers to take note and move to higher grounds and Safe Havens identified in the affected Regions.


"NADMO in partnership with the Marine Police, the 48 Engineers Regiment of the Ghana Army, will move to the Area and pitch camp at Walewale in the North-East Region, from where we will move to provide help to the people to ensure their safety. NADMO again calls on the Citizens living along the White and Black Volta, Chiefs, Opinion Leaders, the Assemblies, the Regional Coordinating Councils of the affected Regions to help sensitize the people to move to higher grounds and safe havens and also cooperate with the Teams deployed to make the Exercise, "Operation Thunderbolt2022" Activated, a success"


It is emerging that "Operation Thunderbolt 2022" has thus been activated to enable the Agencies responsible for Disasters in Ghana help mitigate the effect of the spillage on the people.


The statement stressed that the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, North-East, Savannah, Oti and Eastern Regions and Districts will be directly affected.


In the Northern Region; Districts such as Karaga District, Nanumba South District, Tolon District, Kumbugu District, Savelugu Municpal, Nanton District and Yendi Municipal will be affected.


In the Upper East Region, Bawku West District, Binduri District, and the Talensi District will be affected.


"Upper West Region; Nandon District, Lawra Municipal, Nadowli District, Wa West District"


The statement also hinted that the East Mamprusi Municipal, West Mamprusi Municipal, Mamprugu Moagduri District, Chereponi District and Bunkpurugu/Nakpanduri District in the North-East Region will be affected.


Touching on the Savannah Region, it is emerging that East Gonja Municipal, Bole District, and West Gonja District will be affected.


In the Oti Region; Nkwanta North District, Krachi East Municipal, Krachi West District and Krachi Nchumuru District.


In the Eastern Region, the Kwahu Afram Plains North District and Kwahu Afram Plains South District will be affected.


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith


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