Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President has assured flood victims in the Upper East and North East Regions that the government would not abandon them in this difficult time of their lives.
Dr Bawumia said this when he presented assorted items and cash of GHC10,000.00 to 48 victims of flood in the Anateem, a suburb of Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
The items were mattresses, mats, clothing, soap, blankets and food items among others
He said the items were meant to give the victims temporary relief to enable them to cope with their current situation.
He disclosed that the construction of the Pwalugu multipurpose dam was part of the government’s plans to find a lasting solution to the annual flooding in the area when Burkina Faso opens the Bagre Dam.
The Vice President also assured the people that the government would reconstruct the Kobore Bridge, which has been severely damaged by flooding, thwarting the movement of goods and services from Burkina to Ghana.
He expressed the government’s condolences to families of 10 persons who lost their lives as a result of the floods in both the Upper East and North East Regions and pledged that after the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) comprehensive assessment of the destruction caused to farms, livestock and lives has been completed, the government would roll an appropriate compensation package to assist them.
According to NADMO officials, the displaced persons affected by the flooding were temporarily putting up at the Anateem Primary School and a near-by uncompleted fuel station.
The two regions are susceptible to flooding when Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso spills over, however, heavy rainfall has made this year’s spillage devastating.
Peter Atogewe Wedam, ISD