The Upper East Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Jerry Asamani, has advised residents along the Binduri and Bawku West Districts to exercise some caution while going about their activities, including farming and herding of animals, following a management spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso.
Mr. Asamani said some farms in the Districts bordering the White Volta have already been flooded, and while NADMO shares the pain of farmers, it is important that farmers and residents consider their lives paramount and avoid the temptation of retrieving farm produce and other properties.
The NADMO Director also noted that this is the time when reptiles are being disturbed and carried away from their places of abode and as such there is a need for residents to be extra careful in their endeavours.
He said the spillage occurred to enable the dam to contain more water as a result of higher rains being recorded in Burkina Faso.
Mr Asamani made this known when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East Show following a management spillage of the Dam by SONABEL Company Ltd in neighbouring Burkina Faso.
Management spillage, as explained, is to create more space in readiness for heavy rains to enable the dam to contain more water, though the water level has not yet risen to 350m, where full spillage is usually done.
Mr. Asamani said the organisation, in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), is yet to quantify the level of economic impact on farmers but added that no human life has been lost.
He said the National Rapid Response Team, comprising swimmers, rescuers, immigration and police officers and fire service officers, among others, stationed at Walewale in the North East Region, is prepared to deal with any eventuality.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Ghana