The Upper West Region of Ghana has experienced devastating flooding following recent heavy rains. More than 1,605 people were affected and more than 100 homes were destroyed, according to emergency specialists.
In addition, the flooding severely damaged roads and bridges in the region, affected livelihoods and left some communities cut off from the outside world.
The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) reported that the flooding affected the Nadouli-Kaleo area, Jirapa area and Loura municipality in the Upper West region.
According to initial estimates, 336 people were forced to flee their homes after 155 houses were destroyed by floods. About 1,605 people were directly affected, but even more people are affected by damage to crops and roads in the area. More than 700 farms have suffered some damage, NADMO said.
According to media reports, the flooding was caused by a heavy downpour that lasted 12 hours on 13 August. Several major roads were severely damaged, disrupting transport links and disrupting livelihoods. Bridges in these areas were also damaged, and some settlements were completely isolated.
“This is a national disaster. Roads will be repaired in record time,” Minister of Roads and Highways Kvesi Amoako-Atta assured the residents of the Upper West Region.
The city of Gaoua in neighboring Burkina Faso, located about 50 km west of Jirapa, received 82 mm of precipitation in 24 hours on 13 August.