Climate Change & Energy
Relocate now; more rains expected – GMeT warns Lower Volta Basin residents
Source: myjoyonline.com - October 18, 2023
Persons living within the Lower Volta Basin have been advised to relocate immediately as more rains are expected.
The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMeT) in issuing the warning asked the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and other relevant state agencies to ensure it is heeded.
It has thus asked affected persons to comply with the warnings to avoid any unforeseen danger.
The Head of Central Analysis and Forecasting for GMeT, Felicity Ahafianyo, speaking in a media interview asked other Ghanaians to speak to friends and family members living in the Lower Volta Basin to relocate.
“Rain is still in the forecast for North Tongu and its environs. Between now and the 23rd of October, rain is still in the forecast over the lower Volta basin area.”
“I think from our point, we will also add our voice for our brothers and sisters to relocate, and listen to the authorities, NADMO, VRA, and all other authorities. They should relocate to a safer place,” she added.
Areas such as Anloga, Sogakope, and Mepe, among others, have been submerged by floodwaters, displacing thousands.
This is a result of the controlled spillage of the Akosombo and Kpong dams by the Volta River Authority (VRA) due to the rising levels of the Volta Lake.
Over the past week, the situation has worsened, with the government and various stakeholders mobilising relief items to ameliorate the plight of the displaced victims.
Already, the Electricity Company of Ghana and the Ghana Water Company Limited have both cut services to the affected areas; the former for safety, and the latter for health concerns as the floods have also submerged its pumps and overrun toilets.
Meanwhile, there have been calls for the President to declare a state of emergency in the affected areas.
The proponents of the call say the situation meets the circumstances under which a state of emergency could be declared.
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