We have rescued over 8,000 people from the Akosombo dam spill – Ghana Navy

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According to the Ghana Navy, the damaging overflow from the Akosombo Dam has resulted in the rescue of nearly 8,000 persons from flood-affected areas.

The combined rescue team deployed to the affected districts is currently monitoring critical infrastructure and responding to distress calls in order to neutralize the effect of the damage caused by the spillage, according to Commodore EA Kwafo of the Naval Training Command during an update on the floods at Mepe in the Volta Region.

If the rescuers are overwhelmed by the current operations, he added, more men and logistics would be dispatched.

“We are monitoring critical infrastructure as well as responding to distress calls from the district assemblies, VRA, and NADMO and we have been rescuing people on the water and we are monitoring the estuary because it becomes a deathtrap in times of flooding.

“We were keeping watch on critical infrastructure and as of yesterday evening, we had evacuated over 8,000 flood-stricken people to safe havens and we have brought over ten more boats downstream and experienced divers and lifesavers to assist in the rescue efforts.”

We are prepared to respond to any distress call and help save lives and properties to help mitigate the losses during these trying times, Commodore EA Kwafo further assured. Depending on how things go, we may bring in more facilities and more personnel, or if the situation improves, then we may be keeping a watch anyway.

Due to a constant rise in the inflow pattern and water level of the Akosombo reservoir, the VRA started the controlled water spillage from the Akosombo and Kpong Dams on September 15, 2023.

The leakage has caused the homes of thousands of residents in South Tongu, North Tongu, Central Tongu, Asuogyaman, and other communities to be inundated.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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