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Expedite relief action for flood-affected communities, says Mahama

Former president John Mahama, has called on the Volta River Authority to hasten efforts to support residents in communities along the Volta River affected by the spillage from the Akosombo Dam.

Flooding due to the spillage has forced many communities in the North, South, and Central Tongu districts of the Volta Region to evacuate, leaving them with no choice but to try and save what is left of their belongings.

Mahama visited parts of Sogakope and Sokpoe on last Friday, 13th October, 2023 to assess the impact of the spillage and to meet with affected communities and facilities.

The situation was dire, with the Comboni Hospital staff having to evacuate their quarters and seek shelter under a pavilion.

Patients have also been discharged, with only 10 in critical condition remaining.

“It’s heartbreaking that we may have to let go of these patients,” a nurse said. “But if things don’t get better, we won’t have any other choice.”

Mahama urged the VRA to quickly deliver the promised relief efforts to the affected communities after his visit and interaction with residents, management, and staff of the Comboni hospital.

“This is about people’s lives. I will thank the VRA and appeal to them to expedite their efforts because the people are in need. We must help them to cope with the situation,” the National Democratic Congress (NDC) 2024 flag bearer said.

He expressed his disappointment that the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has been unable to assist the affected communities due to a lack of relief items.

He also noted that the spillage was caused by large inflows from above the dam due to heavy rains in the northern parts of the country but advised the VRA to consider desilting the river.

To emphasize the urgency of relief efforts and the impact of the situation on people, Mahama spoke about the possibility of the hospital asking families to collect the 300 dead bodies from the mortuary and find other places to accommodate them.

 

source: Asaaseradio.com

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