Weija Dam spilage: NADMO issues flood alert

By Clement Edward Kumsah
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The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has issued a flood alert to communities in the catchment area of the Weija Dam in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra region to relocate to safer grounds.

The latest alert is due to the high rise of water in the Weija dam to an alarming level that requires that the dam is opened to spill the excess water to prevent the dam from collapsing.

Despite the fact that the Ghana Water Company Limited began spilling excess water a few days ago, the Director of Floods at NADMO, Evans Anarkwa says due to the torrential rains in the Eastern Region, it is necessary that the authorities spill more water.

He said residents around the Weija dam downstream must relocate immediately.

“It is alarming and, therefore, we are advising people especially around Krokrobite and its surroundings to be careful because we don’t know what will happen. It is even strange that in October we are experiencing serious rains and others, so that is why we are trying to advise people to be mindful of the floods in the area.

“Because of the climate change, the [water level] in the dam is on and off. This is the first time I’ve seen the dam level rise this much. The maximum level is 48 but as of yesterday [Thursday, 11 October], it was 48 and it’s on and off. The source of the dam is from the Eastern Region, so, we are cautioning the people at the various areas like Bortianor, Krokrobite and we are advising them to relocate to other places so that we don’t incur any future casualties”.

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