Spilled water from Bagre dam floods farms in Binduri District

Rihana Akologo, GNA

Bawku (U/E), Aug. 17, GNA – Spilled water from
the Bagre dam has flooded low lying areas in the Binduri District of the Upper
East Region, destroying farms, houses and other properties.

Water from the dam, which was spilled on
August 13, has affected the Yarigungu, Bansi, Auba, Mognori, Tambigo, and
Nafkolg communities.

The flood submerged farms and destroyed crops
along the White Volta, barring farmers from harvesting the early millet crop.

Mr Louis Laal-Bador, the Acting Director of
National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) for the Binduri District,
said the farmers would have to wait for the water to subside before they get to
their crops.

Meanwhile as it continues to rain, the crops
might get damaged before the water decreases enough to allow access to the
fields, he said.

He said the situation was an annual occurrence
and appealed to the government, the Member of Parliament for the Binduri
Constituency, the District Assembly and benevolent people and organisations to
come to the aid of the people.

The farmers, who are still grappling with the
infestation of the Fall Army worms, now have to deal with the floods as well,
he said.

The Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso, when spilled
flows into the tributaries of the White Volta River in the Northern and Upper
East Regions and this together with heavy rains, floods and submerges farms and
houses in the low lying areas.


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