Speaking the Nations Mind

Many Killed In Northern Ghana Floods

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More than 30 people have been killed and thousands left homeless by floods in northern Ghana.

Torrential rains and overflowing water at Bagre dam in neighbouring Burkina Faso are to blame for homes and many acres of crops being swept away.

The floods have also raised concerns about food security and the potential for the outbreak of diseases such as cholera.

Spillage happens most years at Bagre Dam, a multipurpose dam on the White Volta river near Bagré village in Burkina Faso, and communities in northern Ghana are often affected.

Ghana’s National Disaster Management Organisation (Nadmo) says it is exploring alternative measures to minimise spillage in future, including building more dams to collect the water.

Northern Ghana is one of the poorest parts of the country and most houses are built with mud, and not strong enough to withstand the devastating floods.

The government has stepped up relief efforts after being criticised for not doing enough to manage the situation.

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