Akosombo Dam spillage ends: In a statement released on October 30, 2023, the Volta River Authority (VRA) announced that it had ended the controlled spillage of the Akosombo Dam.
The spillage, which began on September 15, 2023, was a necessary step to ensure the safety of the dam and the surrounding communities.
Akosombo Dam spillage ends
The statement went on to thank the public for their understanding and cooperation during the spillage and assured them that the VRA is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of all residents in the area.
The VRA stressed that, although the spillage has ended, it remains committed to providing relief and rehabilitation to those affected by the flooding. “We are aware of the difficulties that this situation has created for the people living along the Lower Volta River and its environs, and we will do everything in our power to help them rebuild their lives and livelihoods,” the statement said.
The VRA acknowledged the hardship that the flooding had caused and expressed its commitment to providing support until the situation was fully resolved.
To control rising water levels, the VRA began spilling excess water from two dams. Weeks later, residents near the Lower Volta Basin were displaced and lost homes and farms to flooding caused by the spillage. Though the VRA warned of flooding, the extent of it took many by surprise.
The once-vibrant communities of Battor, Tefle, Mepe, Sogakope, Adidome, and Anlo were all submerged in water. According to NaDMO, over 26,000 people were displaced and left homeless as a result of the flooding. In addition to the physical destruction caused by the flooding, many residents also lost their livelihoods and sources of income. The flooding had a devastating impact on the communities, both in terms of physical damage and human suffering.
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