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Weija spillage: We have rescued 300 victims-NADMO

Source The Ghana Report

The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) says it has so far rescued 300 victims following the spillage of the Weija Dam by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).

According to a Deputy Director of NADMO, Abu Ramadan, their immediate focus is to rescue stranded victims.

He also said his outfit is working to “expand and open estuaries so that the water can run into the sea so that we can see the levels drop. That is the main focus for now.”

The assembly has created about three estuaries at Bojo Beach to facilitate the movement of the water into the sea.

However, it warned residents to brace themselves for the worst following the spillage.

NADMO has been given support by the Marine Police and the 48th Engineers Regiment.

Meanwhile, NADMO has also urged stranded victims of the Weija Dam spillage to reach out through the 122 emergency hotline for immediate evacuation or other forms of help.

“It is a platform that is reliable. Anytime the call goes through, somebody will pick up,” Mr Ramadan assured.

Over one thousand people at Weija and its environs in the Weija/Gbawe Constituency have been displaced following the spillage of the Weija Dam by the Ghana Water Company.

According to many of the affected residents, they were not given any prior notice before the spillage by the GWCL, which is meant to release excess water from the dam.

Meanwhile, GWCL said it was an emergency because the threshold of 46 feet water level came up to 48 feet which threatened safety, informing their decision to spill.

GWCL noted the recent heavy rains led to the development but had stressed that the situation is now in control.

Many affected residents had to seek shelter overnight at churches and schools.

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