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The Eastern Regional Secretariat of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has ordered the general public especially those living along the banks of river Birim in the Kwaebibirem and Birim Central Municipalities to relocate to higher grounds as a result of the rising level of the Water.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Region NADMO, Selassie Desewu, persistent rainfall from July 13 to July 15, 2018 has affected over 2,228 persons in five communities including Asunafo, Abomosu, Amonom, Nkurakan – Mampong and Osenase – Krobo in the Atiwa district in Eastern region.
Also, New Jejeti, a community in the Atiwa district was also affected by flood on the July 13, 2018 displacing a total of Seventy – 77 persons.
This development is as a result of the overflow of excess volume of Water from five main rivers, Jejeti, Sea, Tatia, Akukuo, and Birim cutting off roads linking the Asunafo and Abomosu communities to the district capital Kwabeng.
“Large acre of unestimated farm lands with cash and food crops, cocoa, maize, cassava have been inundated by rising water level,” he stated.
He said critical infrastructure severely affected by both flood and rainstorm disasters include the New Jejeti Health Center and the School Feeding Program Kitchen.
At the Health Centre, appreciable quantities of items like Mattress, five thousand copies of folders and essential drugs were washed away by flood water which also destroyed personal properties belonging to members of staff occupying the facility’s bungalow.
Selassie in an interview with said currently in the region is a five man search and rescue team from the NADMO Headquarters who are stationed at Asunafo and assisting in transporting people from Asunafo to Abomosu and back.
He said the District Assembly has no plans to find a casual or permanent place for the inhabitants to relocate. He therefore edged the people to as a matter of urgency find a place for themselves for their own safety as the water level rises.
“Officers of the Meteorological Services has warned that more rains will fall in the days ahead so Ghanaians must plan towards that” He cautioned.
Selassie later admonished Ghanaians to plan ahead and ensure safety and security measures are in place during the raining season .
“Drivers who are used to driving in a flood prone roads and highways must stop. It is a risky venture,” he advised.
By Emmanuel Adu Gyamfi