The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has triggered what it calls 'Operation ThunderBolt 2020' following signals from Burkina Faso that the Bagre and Kompienga dams will be spilled any moment from Wednesday, August 5.
The statement signed the Director General, Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh, specifically said that, due to the possible effect of the spillage of the two dams on areas downstream the White Volta, some communities along the river are likely to be affected, as in flooding and NADMO will want such communities to be on the alert and prepare themselves for the spillage and its impact on them and their activities.
NADMO advised residents in communities likely to be affected by the spillage to move to higher grounds and safe havens.
This early warning by the agency should be given adequate attention by the relevant authorities and should not be treated with levity.
The spillage of the Bagre dam, over the years, has had devastating impact on the people who live in communities caught in the flood.
Every year the dam is spilled, it impacts on various sectors, including agriculture, water resources, health, transport, infrastructure and entire livelihood of people living in the affected communities.
As a newspaper, while we commend NADMO, for their early warnings and the actions taken so far, it is our view that the authorities need to do more especially in the area of urban planning and rural development.
The communities listed to be affected by the spillage are Bawku West, Nabdam, Talensi and Pusiga, all in the Upper East Region.
The others are East and West Mamprusi and Mamprugu Magdori in North East Region and Kumbungu, Karaga, Tolon and Savelugu in the Northern Region.
The rest are Daboya and Central Gonja in the Savannah Region as well as Lawra in the Upper West Region.
It is timely in our opinion the measures announced by NADMO to carry the people who live in these communities in a bid to prepare for what is to come.
What this reinforces is the saying that, prevention is better than cure.