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UE/R: Cholera outbreak loom after Bagre Dam flooding recedes

By Kweku Antwi Jnr
Bagre Dam spillage
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Cholera outbreak is looming in the flooded areas of the Upper East and parts of Northern Regions due to the spillage of the Bagre Dam from Burkina Faso.

This is because; residents in the flooded areas are involved in an open defecation since the communities have no places of convenience [Toilet facilities].

 The toilet facilities have been demolished by the floods as a result of the spillage from the Bagre Dam.

The Upper East Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Jerry Asamani, who revealed this to PrimeNewsGhana in an interview, explained that, UNICEF has promised to put up some toilet facilities for these affected communities but for now, the residents are engaged in open defecations.

“They are involved in open defecation and UNICEF is coming to place a temporal toilet for the displaced but that has not started”, he explained.

The NADMO Director explained that “the water is receding but three are missing so far while six are dead”.

He explained that those who have been displaced are over eleven thousand.  

“Over eleven thousand people have been displaced. Several farms have been destroyed and we are waiting for the water to recede and that is when our men will be on the ground to do total assessment”.

Mr. Asamani added that donor agencies are trooping to the region with relief items but they are not enough.

“The donor agencies keep coming in with relief items but  we cannot give two or three bags of rice to a family because you know, these farming communities, they eat a lot”, he explained.