According to recent updates from NADMO’s Deputy Director-General, Seji Saji Amedonu, Mepe, a community severely impacted by the overflow of water from the Akosombo and Kpong dams, has seen a positive development in the flood situation. The floodwaters have receded by more than three feet, offering some relief to the affected Tongu communities.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Thursday October 26, Mr. Amedonu expressed his optimism about the ongoing progress. He mentioned that the Volta River’s flow has lowered and stabilized, resulting in a gradual reduction of stagnant floodwater in certain areas. This trend suggests that a significant amount of water will have moved out towards the sea within a week.
On Thursday, the Volta River Authority (VRA) provided statistics showing a decrease in the spill level from 3,542 m3/s to approximately 2,571 m3/s. Consequently, the inflow has reduced, leading to a discharge of about 4,009 m3/s. However, Mr. Amedonu cautioned against premature conclusions, emphasizing the need for experts to assess affected buildings’ structural integrity before displaced individuals consider returning. Furthermore, public health interventions should be prioritized to ensure the residents’ safety.
Regarding relief efforts, Mr. Amedonu assured the affected victims that long-term humanitarian support would be prioritized to stabilize their wellbeing. The controlled spillage from the Akosombo Dam, which began on September 15, has caused extensive damage to properties, farms, food crops, and businesses in the Lower Volta Basin, greatly impacting the local tourism industry. Over 31,000 people have been displaced and are currently receiving assistance from the government, private entities, political parties, and NGOs as they seek shelter in safe locations.
While there are signs of improvement, ongoing efforts will focus on providing aid to the affected individuals, ensuring their safety, and working towards the recovery and stability of the affected areas.