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North East Region: Flood waters destroy houses, cut off major road linking Walewale, Nalerigu

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A downpour on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, divided a major road linking Walewale and Nalerigu and destroyed some houses, leaving some residents homeless in the Mamprusi area of the North East Region.

A number of houses, farmlands, livestock, and valuable items are reported to have been washed away by the flood waters.

The rainfall, which lasted for about four hours, is said to have also submerged parts of West and East Mamprusi Districts. Communities affected include Gaagbini, Tinguri, Mimima, Kuruguduri, Walewale, and Nalerigu Township.

The capital of the West Mamprusi Municipality, Walewale, has been cut off from the Regional capital, Nalerigu, as a bridge at Gaagbini and a dam at Tinguri have been swept away by the floods, making the main road linking the two towns inaccessible.

Passengers travelling from Walewale to Nalerigu and adjoining towns are said to have also been left stranded.

As of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nalerigu remained inaccessible, while officials of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) were in the area to assess the situation and rescue the victims.

The Assemblyman for the Nayorku Electoral Area, Mr. Seidu Jafaru, is reported to have described the incident as a “perennial ritual”, saying the area had been experiencing floods over the past years.

The North East Regional Minister, Mr. Yidana Zakaria, and the West Mamprusi Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Issahaku Aremeyaw Somo, are reported to have visited the affected communities on Wednesday afternoon to assess the situation and commiserate with the victims.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Ghana

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