[ 2012-09-21 ]
Floods Kill Three, Affect 22,008 People In Northern, Upper East Regions
Three deaths have been recorded while a total of
22,008 people have been affected by the recent
floods in the Northern and Upper East regions.
Out of the number, 14,380 people have been
affected in six districts of the Northern Region,
while in the upper East Region, 7,628 people have
This came to light, when President John Dramani
Mahama Thursday visited all the affected
communities of the two regions to assess the
extent of damage the spillage of the Bagri Dam in
Southern Burkina Faso had caused in those areas.
President Mahama, who visited Kpassinpe and Daboya
in the Northern Region and Bawku and Mugnori in
the Upper East Region, also learnt at first hand
that a total of 1,725 farmlands in the Northern
Region had been destroyed, while 3,152 persons had
also been displaced by the disaster.
The President announced that apart from sending
relief items through the National Disaster
Management Organization (NADMO) made up lanterns,
buckets, blankets, maize, rice and soap for
distribution to the victims, government was
working out other packages from the Savannah
Accelerated Development Authority and other
Meanwhile, he has tasked the Ministry of Roads and
Highways to use the services of the mobile
maintenance unit to work on roads in the affected
areas to enable residents go about their daily
duties without further hindrance.
President Mahama announced that government through
the Ministry of Food and Agriculture would supply
the affected farmers with farming inputs that
would help them to reclaim some of their losses.
President Mahama gave the assurance that
government would work on all affected feeder roads
in the overseas areas of the Northern region that
had the potential of becoming the food basket of
the region, in the succeeding years.
Madam Helen Ntoso, Head of the Urban Search and
Rescue Department of NADMO, said government
through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture had
introduced high and faster hybrid of food crops
that would enable them to harvest before the rains
would set in.
She promised that NADMO would continue to play a
leading role in educating the people against
engaging in practices that could result into
Source - GNA
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