Despite the fact that the Bagre Dam has not yet been breached, all routes going into and out of Daboya, the district capital, are inundated and impassable.
Personnel from the Ghana Armed Forces' Operation Thunder Boat have thus been dispatched to the district with assault boats with live Jackets to aid NADMO in handling the issue.
According to Mohammed Tohir, the Savannah Regional Director of NADMO, the current scenario has never been seen in the district.
“The flood catastrophe in the North Gonja area is worsening, and we are preparing for the Bagre Dam spillage.”
We've never encountered a case when Tachale Road was blocked off due to flooding. We saw one the other day. We are currently on an island since floodwaters have shut off all four routes leading to Daboya. So we appealed to our superiors, and they provided us with personnel of Operation Thunder Boat, life jackets, and a number of motorboats to aid us.”
According to Mr. Tohir, relief supplies have been distributed to all seven municipal and district offices in the Savannah Region in preparation for any eventuality.
“Right now, I have allocated a quota of the relief goods that we have for emergency usage to each of the region's seven districts and towns, so that if anything happens, they can respond to it.”
Meanwhile, the paramount chief of Wasipe Traditional Area wishes to find a long-term solution to the recurrent problem.
Yakubu Adam, a sub-chief who spoke to Citi News on behalf of the Wasipewura, urged the government to build the much-touted White Volta bridge and rebuild existing road bridges.
“The government must build the Daboya bridge. We require a long-term solution, and that bridge is that answer. The other bridges must also be extended to hold the water when anything like this occurs.”
When the Bagre Dam burst last year, it flooded 14 villages in the Savannah Region's North Gonja region.
Thousands of people have been evacuated, and many hectares of farmland have been inundated.
Floodwaters from the White Volta have affected the inhabitants of the district this year.
Residents in and around Daboya have resorted to travelling in boats without life jackets because their roads have been cut off.
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