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Upper East Regional Minister appeals for support for flood victims

Sandema (U/E), July 27, GNA – Mr Albert Abongo, Upper East Regional Minister, has called on corporate bodies, philanthropists and development partners to help support flood victims in the region.

Sandema (U/E), July 27, GNA – Mr Albert Abongo, Upper East Regional Minister, has called on corporate bodies, philanthropists and development partners to help support flood victims in the region.

     “Government alone cannot alleviate the plight of the victims. I am appealing to all, particularly corporate bodies and all development partners to come to the aid of these victims”, he said.
     The region was hit by an eleven hour downpour on Wednesday that destroyed farmlands and displaced many people.

The most affected areas include the Builsa North District, Bongo District, Talensi District, Kassena-Nankana Municipal, Kassena-Nankana West District, the Bolgatanga Municipal among others.
     The Regional Minister made the appeal accompanied by Mr James Agalga, the Member of Parliament for the Builsa North, who is also the Deputy Minister for Interior, and Mr Bonaventure Adangabey, the District Chief Executive for the Builsa North and Mr Elorm Nyoagbe, the Regional Engineer of the Feeder Roads and other National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) officials.
     At Sandema, capital of the Builsa North District, 901 people so far, including children, had either been completely or partially displaced after their houses and school buildings were flooded.
     NADMO officials say about 718 acres of farmlands in the Builsa North District have also been submerged with the Chuchuliga Rice Support Project completely washed away.

Three major dams were also damaged by the strong winds at Kaasa and Zundema and two banks of the Balansa dam have been breached.
     In addition, four bridges and seven culverts in the same District, the NADMO officials say, have been swept away along with several animals.

Five major roads stretching from Sandema to Nyansa, Koti and Balansa and from Sandema through Synyadsa to Kadema and from the same district capital through Banyansa to Kpikpaluk have also been washed away. 
    Paul Woomha, the Regional NADMO Officer in charge of Operations, said the toll is likely to rise as an assessment tour of submerged communities across the region continues.
     The Minister, who presented some relief items including mattresses, blankets, buckets, and quantities of mosquito nets to the District Assembly to be given to the flood victims, said the scenario in the Builsa North District was not different from the other districts in the region.
     He expressed worry about the collapse of most of the dams in the region, and said it would affect the livelihoods of many people in the area.
       The Regional Minister, however, assured the affected communities that government would hasten to repair the affected dams.
     The Member of Parliament for the Builsa Nouth who described the situation as very worrisome, reiterated the need for support for the victims and assured the affected persons that he would work hard with the government to ensure that they were supported with reliefs items.
    Mr Salifu Mohammed, one of the affected victims at Builsa North District, blamed the situation on the expansion of the town and the failure of the Assembly to expand the drainage system.
     He said every year the Builsa North District experienced floods and called on the authorities to ensure that drains constructed in the area were properly done to avert the recurrence of floods.

 

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