NDA Issues SOS Alert on Floods in North East and Upper East Regions

The Vice President, H.E. Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s tour of the Upper East and North East was cut short. The tour made a shift to focus on the floods which occurred as a result of the spillage of the Bagre dam in neighbouring Burkina Faso coupled with continuous heavy rainfall in the area. Dr. Bawumia expressed solidarity and commiserated with the people for the loss of life recorded so far.

In the company of the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Authority (NDA), Dr. Alhassan Sulemana Anamzoya, and other high-ranking Government officials on the tour, the Vice President made an aerial tour of the affected areas in the Bawku and Yagaba enclaves. This was to help ascertain the full extent of the flooding and damage in the affected areas.

The team made a stop at Kubore where a bridge linking Bolgatanga, the regional capital, to Bawku was washed away by the floods. Donations were later made to flood victims in the Upper East region who were being camped at the Anateem Primary School.

Prior to this, NDA issued an SOS alert regarding the floods and the pending danger it posed to residents and commuters along the waterways in the North East and portions of the Upper East regions.

Hon. Hajia Lariba Abudu, a Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NDA, addressing the media appealed to Government, Non-Governmental Organizations, the international community, and benevolent groups to as a matter of urgency respond to the call by NDA to provide relief items to displaced communities and join in discussions with the authority and other key stakeholders in the Northern Development Zone to share ideas and resources to stem the recurrence of this perennial problem of flooding in the area. She also made a passionate appeal to residents in the flood-prone areas to move to higher grounds to avoid further loss of life.

NDA’s fact-finding team also included the Director of Corporate Affairs and International Affairs, Salifu Samson Danse, and Director of Infrastructure, Land and Natural Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Abeeri-Inga, together with some media personnel.