Recent floods in the Upper East Region have claimed three lives and caused considerable damage to personal and public property as well as farm produce in the Builsa South district.A school building has had its roof ripped off partially by the winds that accompanied the heavy rains, forcing pupils to abandon school as a result.
The month of October recorded catastrophic heavy rains that ravaged mainly the Kassena-Nankana West District, the Builsa North District and the Kassena Nankana Municipality.
The Builsa South Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Clement Apaak recently visited his Constituents to commiserate and mourn with them over their loss
The Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia also visited and made donations but much is still needed.
“Government is concerned with what has happened in all the affected communities and families. We feel your pain and on behalf of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo and all Ghanaians, I extend our deepest condolence to you and pray that, God grants all departed love ones a peaceful rest. I am told some relief items have come and more are yet to arrive, they are meant to cushion you in this painful time,” Dr. Bawumia said.
Meanwhile, the torrential rains that lasted for over two weeks have claimed 21 lives according to figures from the National Disaster Management Organisation(NADMO).
Cumulatively, from January 2019, a total of 28 lives were lost in the floods, while 640 people are currently displaced in so many communities of the Region, with about 19 people also receiving medical attention at various health facilities in the region.
Mr Mba said the spillage of the Bagre dam in Burkina Faso that claimed so many lives annually should also be tackled to ensure that the practice was stopped.He also suggested to government to expedite action on the construction of the Pwalugu and other dams that would contain the situation by absorbing water from Burkina Faso dams during the spillage.