The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has warned communities along the banks of the White and Black Volta Rivers to move to higher grounds as the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso is set to be spilled anytime soon.
According to a Flood Alert issued on Tuesday August 24 by the Northern Regional Director of the Disaster Management Orgnanisation, Alhaji Abdallah Abdul Mumin, the opening of the valves of the Bagre Dam is said to start between August 27 and August 30.
“The report further indicates that, the water level of the Bagre Dam seems to be rising rapidly and the possible opening of the valves can start between August 27 and 30, 2021” the flood alert read.
The alert indicated that checks by NADMO from its partners in Burkina Faso revealed that the current level of the Bagre Dam, as at yesterday was at 234.09 meters, which is almost at the maximum level of 235 meters.
“According to the report, the possibility of spillage in high since the current Bagre Dam level as at today 24/08/2021 is 234.09m, as against the maximum spillage level of 235m” it explained.
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Every year, the spillage of the Bagre Dam causes destruction to lives and properties mostly in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions with most recently, after the creation of the new regions, the Savannah and North East Regions.
Last year alone, 10 people were reported dead in September, following the spillage of the dam which ravaged homes, farms and communities in the Northern, Savannah, North East, Upper West and Upper East Regions.
In the North East Region, all six Municipal and District Assemblies were submerged in flood waters.
Portions of the Tamale-Bolgatanga trunk road also submerged in the floods, leaving road users stranded for days.
Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus I Justicefmonline | Tamale