Sandema (UE), July 31, GNA - Mr Albert Abongo, Upper East Regional Minister, has appealed for support for flood victims in the Region.
“Government alone cannot alleviate the plight of the victims. I am therefore appealing to all, particularly corporate bodies, philanthropists and development partners to come to the aid of these victims,” he said.
The Region was hit by 11 hours downpour on Wednesday, July 27, that destroyed farmlands and displaced a number of people.
The most affected areas are Builsa North District, Bongo District, Talensi District, Kassena-Nankana Municipality and the Kassena-Nankana West District and Bolgatanga Municipality.
The Regional Minister made the appeal when he was accompanied by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Builsa North, Mr James Agalga who is also the Deputy Minister of the Interior, and the Builsa North District Chief Executive, Mr Bonaventure Adangabey, the Regional Engineer of the Feeder Roads, Mr Elorm Nyoagbe and officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to tour some of the affected areas.
At Sandema, capital of Builsa North District, 901 people so far, including children, had either been completely or partially displaced after their houses submerged in flood waters. Some school buildings were also affected.
According to NADMO, about 718 acres of farmlands, in the district had also been submerged with the Chuchuliga Rice Support Project washed away.
Three major dams had also been damaged by the tidal waves at Kaasa and Zundema, two localities at Siniensi, whilst the banks of Balansa dam were also affected.
Four bridges and seven culverts have been swept away whilst livestock among other belongings are missing.
Five major roads stretching from Sandema to Nyansa, Koti and Balansa and from Sandema through Synyadsa to Kadema and from the district capital through Banyansa to Kpikpaluk have also been washed away.
The Regional Minister, presented relief items including mattresses, blankets, buckets, and quantity of mosquito nets to the District Assembly to the victims on behalf of the government.
He expressed worry about the collapse of most of the dams in the region, and said it would affect the livelihoods of many people.
Mr Abongo assured the affected communities that government would hasten to repair some of the dams that had collapsed and those at the verge of collapsing to avoid another disaster.
Mr Salifu Mohammed, a resident in the Builsa North District, who is also one of the victims, blamed the situation to the expansion of the town and the failure of the Assembly to expand the drainage system.
He said every year the area experience floods and called on the authorities to ensure that drains constructed in the area are properly done to avert recurrence of the disaster.