General News of Monday, 17 September 2018
Eight people are reported dead while two others have been declared missing following the spillage of the Bagre dam in Burkina Faso and torrential rains in the Upper East Region. The spillage coupled with torrential rains in the region has affected thousands of farmers.
Many homes and properties have been destroyed, leaving scores of people with no place to lay their heads.
The Deputy Regional Coordinator of National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Paul Wooma, the in-charge of NADMO Operations in the Upper East, in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM said 110 communities in 12 districts in the region have been affected by the development.
He added that a total of 11,326 farmers have also been affected, explaining that a total of 11,556.6 hectares of land have been destroyed whilst 140 houses have been totally collapsed.
According to Mr Wooma, a total of 6,470 buildings are partially collapsed.
“Unfortunately we have registered some deaths too…they are eight in the region,” he said.
He explained that the main cause of the deaths was as a result of fallen buildings on the victims, adding that other deaths occurred while the victims attempted to cross the flooded areas.
Meanwhile another five people have been reported dead in the Sissala East Municipality in the Upper West region following days of torrential rains.
The five died in separate flooding incidents that have displaced over 5,600 residents and about 34 farming communities.
The NADMO Director in the Sissala East District, Mr Ishahaku Issah Bganhaa confirmed the incident.