“So far, eight rural parishes in our diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga are the most hit by the disaster as most of the people have been displaced while others have lost their means of livelihoods and are taking temporary shelter in the parishes and Schools,” the Local Ordinary of Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese, which covers the two political regions, Bishop Alfred Agyenta said Monday, September 28.
The story on the effects of the Bagre water spillage has for nearly two decades remained unchanged while the spillage continues to cause massive floods in communities in the five Northern Regions of Ghana leading to devastating impact such as loss of human lives and livelihoods.
Typically, crops such as rice, corn, soya bean, groundnuts and watermelon are all reported to have submerged in the affected farm areas around the White Volta in the Upper East and North East regions.
Speaking at a brief ceremony to receive a donation from Caritas Ghana, the Relief and Development Agency of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), Bishop Agyenta lamented about the seriousness of the disaster.
The Ghanaian Bishop noted that “the full humanitarian situation is yet to fully emerge since there are potential health implications from polluted water sources from the floods.”
He said that there is an expected poor harvest that cannot sustain families into the next farming season and appealed for more help from benevolent organizations to especially relocate those who had been displaced.
The Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocesan Director responsible for Governance and Justice, Joseph Bangu presented a brief report highlighting the situation of victims in the eight parishes, which covers seven political administrative Districts in the Upper East and North East Regions.
His statistics had 2,653 households and 19,013 individuals comprising 6,197 adults, 5,962 Children, 1,586 women.
“There were seven deaths and 11,487 acres of farm lands with crops have been destroyed,” Mr. Bangu said, highlighting part of the report.