The National Disaster Management Organisation, NADMO has confirmed the death of 27 persons after days of flooding in the Upper East region.
As at yesterday, October 15, 2019, several persons were reported dead and thousands displaced due to the torrential rains. Reports indicate that the affected areas include Kasina Nankana East and South, Builsa South, Bawku, Garu Timpane among others.
Residents have fled from these areas to join their relatives in nearby communities. Several farms have also been submerged by the rains.
Speaking to Starr FM, the Upper East Regional Director of NADMO, Jerry Asamane confirmed the number of deaths and casualties
“Per the reports, we have as at now, 27 deaths have been recorded, 19 injured and a little over 1000 people have been displaced as a result of the rains''.
The casualties not withstanding, he said: “there are many who never want to move from ancestral homes. NADMO cannot force such people to leave their homes after we issue warnings of possible floods”.
Emergency services have reportedly asked residents to move to higher grounds in order to avoid being swept by the floods.
Meanwhile, over 200 people have been displaced in Eshiem in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis of the Western region following 3-day torrential rain.
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The floods also destroyed properties worth about GHC100 million.
NADMO officials in the area say they are counting on the regional and national offices to provide relief items for the displaced.