Hundreds displaced in Dawhenya over spillage of irrigation dam

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More than 100 people have been displaced with others confined in their residences, due to the overflow of an irrigation dam in the Ningo Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region.

The flooding occurred on the afternoon of Monday, November 27, 2023.

The dam, which takes its source from rainwater in the Aburi Mountains supports rice and vegetable cultivation in the area.

According to the Municipal Assembly, over 600 homes have been affected.

Residents are fuming over the development while complaining that this is not the first time it has happened.

In an interview with JoyNews, a victim, Mavis narrated how her child was almost carried away by the water.

“The rain has carried all our belongings away and the remaining ones are spoilt. My child was nearly carried away. Something must be done about it.”

Another victim also said “We have no option than to be here. We bought the land during the dry season so we didn’t know about the situation. Many were caught unaware.”

Those impacted are seeking assistance, prompting the evacuation of affected persons.

A group of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) officials, the MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, and other authorities have been touring some affected communities.

Commenting on the development, the MP said there is a need for an investigation to be conducted. According to him, residents are suffering due to the negligence of some persons in authority.

“At the irrigation site, a scheme manager tells me it’s the former manager who gave out the land. The MCE says he doesn’t know anything about it so who gave the permit? How can a scheme manager sell state land to a foreigner? This is unacceptable,” he fumed.

SourceElvis Washington Via

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