Details from the floods that wreaked havoc in the Upper West Region a week ago suggest that an 80-year-old woman died after her home in Wa East collapsed on her.
The civil protection authorities fear that further devastation could occur as more rainfalls are expected and fear that there will be insufficient relief supplies for the people affected.
Speaking to Citi News, the Upper West Coordinator for the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Ahmed Mustapha, painted a bleak picture of the situation in the region and its impact on food security in the country.
“Unfortunately we recorded a death from Wa East. Her house collapsed on top of her during the flood. She lost her life when she got to the clinic. “
“This is a very difficult development for the people of Wa. We suspect the numbers are higher than what we have recorded so far. We’re still doing our checks. “
A downpour of over 12 hours in the Upper West Region on Friday, August 14, 2021, flooded irrigation systems, farmland and communities along the Nadowli-Tangasie highway.
The flood washed away the main roads in the region, leaving many commuters stranded.
Important bridges on Wa Hale Road, which connect the district of Nadow-Kaleo, Jirapa, Lavra and the communities of Nadom with Wa, the capital of the Upper West region, were also affected. Parts of the already unfortunate Wa Tumu Street were also washed up.
Data from NADMO shows that around 1,605 people in Nadowli-Kaleo counties, Jirapa and Lavra parishes were affected by the floods.
According to NADMO, the victims lost a total of 722 farmland.
336 people were also displaced, according to NADMO.
According to the report, around 155 homes were destroyed during the floods.