Incessant torrential rains isolate 2 districts in N/R

Mr Salifu Sa-eed, Northern Regional Minister

Mr Salifu Sa-eed, Northern Regional Minister

Two districts in the Northern Region have been cut off from the rest of the region due to incessant torrential rains in the area.

The district, Mamprugu/Mongduri and Saboba, have been completely cut off and cannot be reached by road, due to increasing floods.

 

A resident of Saboba, Solom Nakoja, in a telephone interview, with the Ghanaian Times yesterday said the Kpalibei bridge that linked the district to Yendi municipality had been submerged in water for the past one week.

 

He said there had been heavy rains in the district for the past one and half months, and indicated that many people in the area had to go through Wapuli in order to connect to Yendi municipality.

 

“One would have to spend more than half a day to travel to Yendi using the Wapuli road,” he said, and added that it was not only the district capital which was cut off from the region, but that many communities in the district were also cut off from the district capital, as the roads leading to the communities were flooded.

 

He said that some students could not go to school due to the flooding of the roads in their communities, revealing that for three to four weeks many of the residents in the district could not go to their farms as the farmlands were inundated with water.

 

He said officials of the district secretariat of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) are helpless, leaving the people to their fate.

 

Information available to the Ghanaian Times revealed that the entire Mamprugu/ Mongduri District were cut off as several roads in the area have been submerged.

 

In an interview, Baba Mohammudu said residents of the district had to travel to Bolgatanga before connecting to Tamale, and as a result of the long distance, some vehicle owners had parked their vehicles, waiting for the water to subside.

 

Mr Mohammudu said life in the district was now unbearable, lamenting that many government workers had left the area, whiles some sick people had lost their lives.

 

The Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Salifu Saeed, in an interview with the Ghanaian Times said the situation was worrisome, stating that the devastation caused by the torrential rains was huge, and said many of the people had lost all their properties.

Mr Saeed said government alone could not adequately address the plight of the victims, and therefore appealed to development partners to assist alleviate the problem.

 

FROM YAKUBU ABDUL-MAJEED, TAMALE

 

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