Bagre Dam Burkina Faso spills dam on Saturday

According to the VRA, correspondence from their Burkinabe counterparts suggests that the dam will be spilled over the weekend.

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According to the VRA, correspondence from their Burkinabe counterparts suggests that the dam will be spilled over the weekend play

According to the VRA, correspondence from their Burkinabe counterparts suggests that the dam will be spilled over the weekend

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The Volta River Authority (VRA) has announced the imminent spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso.

According to the VRA, correspondence from their Burkinabe counterparts suggests that the dam will be spilled over the weekend.

“The Volta River Authority has been advised by SONABEL, the power utility of Burkina Faso, of plans to commence spillage of water from the Bagre Dam, due to the amount of inflow into the catchment area of the dam. The spillage will commence when the water level reaches an elevation of 235m, and is likely to begin this weekend”, a statement by the VRA said.

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As such, the authority is advising residents of northern Ghana to “take precautionary measures to avoid being affected by the impending spillage of water from the Bagre dam.”

The Bagre Dam was constructed in 1992 over the White Volta River in the village of Bagre.

Spillage of the dam has since then become an annual ritual leaving many communities along the river in northern Ghana flooded for weeks.

Many lives, farms, and livestock have been lost over the years and very little compensation given to those affected.

In 2014, it was reported that about 10 people had died because of the spillage. Heavy rains in northern Ghana will compound the flooding.

According to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), intensive public education has begun in over 63 communities in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions of Ghana. They include towns in the Binduri, Talensi, Bawku West and Bawku Municipal districts.

NADMO, which is chronically cash-strapped, struggles to provide disaster relief for victims.

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