VRA announces end to water spillage from Akosombo Dam

The Volta River Authority (VRA) says it has officially ended the spillage of excess water from the Akosombo Dam.

The spillage, described as controlled by the Authority, began on Friday, September 15.

Residents of areas around the Dam were warned to move to higher grounds ahead of the spillage, which ran concurrently with that of Kpong Dam.

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However, areas around the Lower Volta River were flooded during the over one-month spillage, devastating homes and leaving thousands displaced.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was among state officials who visited the affected areas
President Akufo-Addo interacting with the chiefs and people of Mepe

This forced officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) as well as the military to move in to offer relief efforts.

Among the districts hard-hit are North Tongu, Central Tongu and South Tongu.

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One of the affected areas in Mepe

Several organisations including Media General mobilised relief efforts for the thousands of victims.

In a statement issued by its Corporate Affairs and External Relations Unit on Monday, October 30, the Authority announced the end of the spillage of excess water.

“The end of the controlled spillage notwithstanding, VRA is committed to continuing its relief and rehabilitation efforts until lives and livelihoods are restored,” it indicated.

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“VRA wishes to take this opportunity to acknowledge the various Government agencies and stakeholders for their support to impacted communities.”

Already, the Authority has devoted GH¢20 million to alleviate the plight of the people who have been affected by the flood that was caused by excess water spillage from the Akosombo Dam.


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