Rains cause havoc at Kpetoe, Adaklu-Anfoe districts

Swelling River Tordze..

Swelling River Tordze..

Heavy rains have caused River Tordze to submerge the only bridge which links the Agohokpo to Kpetoe, the district capital of Agotime-Ziope, thereby cutting it off from the rest of the district.

About 800 people at Agohokpo, farming village, have been caught up in the awkward and scary situation.

As at Wednesday, the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr D.D. Dzokpe said that the assembly was collaborating with National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to arrange for canoes to convey the people from the village to Kpetoe.

He said that although the heavy rains have not destroyed any farm in the village, the food stocks of the people were dwindling and “we fear some may soon starve to death.”

As at Wednesday, the river was rising close to the level of the Kpetoe Bridge as well, flowing with very strong and terrifying currents.

“We are along the course of Tordze, and so if it rains at its source in Togo or anywhere along its course up north, the flood gets to us” said the DCE.

Meanwhile, the bulging river has destroyed vast tracks of farms at Adaklu-Anfoe in neighbouring Adaklu District.

The same river has also subemerged the Waya Bridge, cutting off Adaklu-Anfoe from the district capital, Adaklu-Waya which is just about one mile away.

Mr Divine Bosson, Volta Regional Director of NADMO, said that efforts to reach out to the victims at Agohokpo were being frustrated by the lack of access to the community.

“The team made up of NADMO officials from Accra and Ho are unable to get to the village now”, he told the Ghanaian Times yesterday.

Mr Bosson revealed that the villages of Kpelikope, Azametikope and Fulanikope near Agohokpo were also caught in the same precarious circumstance.

“A large number of children in these villages go to school at Kpetoe which is also the only shopping centre for the people from the villages.

“They could also seek healthcare only from Kpetoe,” Mr Bosson added.

He stated that the situation was serious and “we are still arranging for canoes to reach out to them.”


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