THOUSANDS of people living in many North Tongu communities on the bank of River Volta in the Volta Region, including the mother of ten children have lost their possessions to the region’s worst flooding in decades.
And the severe flood didn’t stop there," the Soireenews.com can confirm.
Weeks of spillage of excess water from the Akosombo Dam by the Volta River Authority (VRA) and floods have affected million people in twenty-four (24) communities across the North Tongu District, killing hundreds of domestic animals, displacing tens of thousands and destroying many hectares of croplands.
The devastated floods have deepened severe food crisis in these 24 affected communities which are Gblornu, Klamadaboe,Vome, Sikor, Dzimakorpe, Memordzi, Aveyime, Battor, Mepe, Tornu Dorfor, Asimekope, Dorfor Kome, Dorfor London, and Afaode,Korsive,Sayikorfe, Husikorfe.
The rest are Titikorfe, Kodome, Tege kofe, Kwamla kofe and Abortia Sapa, Dadome and Mepe Degorme.
Investigations conducted by *Soireenews* com indicate that up to 55 percent of staple crops in flood-affected areas have been destroyed or are rotting in the fields.
Preliminary assessments by this news outlet suggest that drought and floods affected 75,500 hectares of farmlands, resulting in an estimated loss of 148,000 tonnes of crops, including maize, sorghum, pepper, okra, millet, peanuts, yam, cassava and rice.
"We are living in a critical and dangerous condition now and we don't have any assurance of living in these areas. What we need now is for the government of President Akufo-Addo to ensure that we have been evaluated from these flooding areas," the affected residents cried out.
Speaking in an interview with Soireenews. com via telephone on Thursday morning, scores of people in Mepe, Battor, Aveyime, Gblornu, Vome, Sikor, Klamadaboe and sone communities on the bank of River Volta appealed to the government that they needed real-time support as they deal with the flooding occasioned by the spillage of excess water from Akosombo dam.
They called on the government of Akufo-Addo to immediately come to their aid to evacuate them from their flooding communities.
They told Soireenews.com , that they had never seen this type of flooding. It is safe to say that the situation requires a presidential intervention akin to state-of-emergency situations.
They lamented that houses were being submerged, livelihoods destroyed, residents displaced, while others were being trapped, adding that the situation is way beyond the capacity of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).
They further called for urgent relief items such as mosquito nets and food to avert diseases like cholera.
The electricity supply to the town has also been disrupted due to the fear of electrocution, adding another layer of distress for the affected residents.
Additionally, there are complaints about a lack of clear communication from the Volta River Authority (VRA), responsible for the dam water spillage.
Residents are requesting timely updates from the VRA to better anticipate the worsening situation, especially during the night, when flooding intensifies.
In response to the growing crisis, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of North Tongu District Assembly mentioned ongoing discussions between his office, NADMO, and the VRA to formulate a plan to address the distressing situation of the affected residents.
As for the latest update, residents continue to move to higher ground in an attempt to escape the rising waters.