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Buipe devastated by floods, about 1,500 residents displaced

Around 1,500 residents, encompassing women and children from 500 households, find themselves displaced by floodwaters in Buipe, located in the Central Gonja District of the Savannah Region.

According to the Central Gonja office of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), 239 adult males and 230 adult females, in addition to 348 boys and 427 girls, have been compelled to evacuate their homes.

NADMO further reports that three public toilets and an immeasurable number of private ones are now submerged, posing potential health hazards.

The deluge has overwhelmed food stores, engulfing 50 acres of farmland and leaving three private schools inundated.

Mohammed Mustapha, the Central Gonja District Director of NADMO, in an interview with MyJoyOnline, expressed disappointment that an earlier promise by managers of the Bui Dam to help sensitise individuals along the banks of the Black Volta River failed to materialise.

He said prior to this year's rains, management of Bui Dam had told NADMO to prepare a budget to cover seven days of sensitisation of the people around the river banks since the water from last year's spillage of the Dam had hardly receded.

"Yes, so, Buipe, Banda, Bole, and Kintampo North NADMO Directors, did collaborate and submit the budget to Bui Dam as requested."

"But after submission, they failed to turn up or communicate to us again until we began seeing the water coming into people's houses and farmlands. So, it's a failure on Bui Dam for not living by their words", he bemoaned.

He, however, commended the Ghana Red Cross Society for their continued support, "because apart from the 14 home kits they gave us, they also sent volunteers to help evacuate the victims. GES also handed over the 6-unit R/C primary school block to us to accommodate the displaced".

Mohammed Mustapha later appealed for engagement between the government and traditional rulers for the permanent relocation of residents.

But attempts by Myjoyonline to reach out to officials from Bui Dam to respond to the allegation yielded no results.

Meanwhile, the number of affected communities have increased from four last year to seven this year.

They include Buipe Zongo, Buipe Bridge, Evelyn Buipe Bridge, and the Catholic education area. The rest are Buipe Market, Ali Complex, and Sawaba.

The Ghana Red Cross Society National Disaster Coordinator, Jonathan told Myjoyonline, "We are looking at Savannah Region specifically, Buipe, Daboya, and other surroundings. So, we put up some preparedness measures by training about 40 volunteers in the Region to assist NADMO with regard to evacuation as well as assist in the health education because the flood usually comes with other health-related risks."

"We had a meeting with NADMO and agreed to assist with emergency family tents with residential packages and First Aid. We are also mobilizing relief packages," he indicated.

He said his outfit would be launching a National disaster campaign and follow up with whatever intervention they would bring to the victims.

Our team came face to face with a young mother of two, Asana Umaru full of tears not knowing where to turn to with the children. She said her husband, Fuseini refused to listen to her not to travel leaving her alone.

It also took our news team time to convince a pregnant woman, Aisha Imoro who was still lying inside to move out of her room to safety.

Some of the victims who were on their way out narrated their stories to Myjoyonline.

One of them, Adam Tanko explained that "as for this year, the water is too much. As of now, we don't have a place to lay our heads yet."

"So, as you can see, we are hanging around. What we just harvested, is in the water because life first. So, we are pleading with the Government to come to our aid. The water is from somewhere as we are sure is from Bui Dam because as of yesterday, the watermark was small but we went to bed and woke up the morning and my house was flooded. So, rainwater alone can't do that. We want the Government to bring the Bui Dam people to order. They should respect the lives over here because we are human beings and Ghanaians too," Adam Tanko added.

The Head of Disaster of Ghana Red Cross Society, Jonathan Hope indicated that "we are looking at Savannah Region specifically, Buipe, Daboya, and other surroundings."

"So, we put up some preparedness measures by training about forty volunteers in Savannah Region to assist NADMO with regard to evacuation as well as assist in the health education because the flood usually comes with other health-related risks."

"We had a meeting with NADMO and agreed to assist with emergency family tents with residential packages and First aid. We are also mobilizing relief packages," he added.

He said his outfit would be launching a disaster campaign in the country and follow up with whatever intervention they would bring to the victims.

The Savannah Regional Minister, Saeed Muhazu Jibril says he is, together with other partners, monitoring events on the ground to ensure that no lives are lost.

He advised residents to relocate to safer grounds while the government works to address the issues surrounding the Bui Dam spillage.

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