Torrential rains recorded in the North East Region of Ghana have led to the death of 11 people due to the devastating effects of the downpour.
These deaths were attributed to factors such as thunder, electrocution, and drowning in some communities in the region.
This was disclosed by the National Disaster Management Organisation ( NADMO) stationed in the North East region.
Speaking in a media engagement, the North East Regional Director, Mr. Alhassan John Kweku stated that the persons lost their lives whilst trying to navigate their way through the downpour.
“Our findings by personnel deployed to the ground reveal that 11 persons have lost their lives in the downpour recorded in the region in the past few days. Some of them were trying to cross huge pools of water in their areas of residence, three others were attempting to ride their way through the severe downpour on their motorbike which unfortunately led to their deaths. The deaths were recorded in the East Mamprusi and West Mamprusi municipalities alongside other communities dotted across the region”.
Subsequently, Mr. Alhassan revealed that the region has not recorded any spillage from the Bagre Dam yet, but the rains had submerged a significant number of farms belonging to the residents in the region.
“We have not recorded any spillage from the Bagre Dam yet and our checks reveal that a huge number of farms have been submerged by the rains so far belonging to the local residents. Per field reports by our Officials has shown that the runoff water has cut off access to farms and thus prevented the officials from doing an extensive assessment of the damage recorded so far. In the meantime, we are cautioning farmers from trying to access their farms in the interim as we put measures in place to help them do that in the appropriate ways”.