Major roads, bridges and more than 100 homes destroyed by floods in Ghana

After recent heavy rains, the Upper West Region of Ghana has experienced devastating floods. According to emergency officials, the flooding affected more than 1,605 people and destroyed more than 100 homes.

The flooding also severely damaged roads and bridges in the region, affected livelihoods and left some localities cut off from the outside world.

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) reported that the flooding affected Nadouli Kaleo district, Jirapa district and Lowra municipality in the Upper West Region.

Initial estimates are that 336 people were displaced after 155 homes were destroyed by the flooding. About 1,605 people were directly affected, but even more are suffering because of damage to crops and roads in the area. More than 700 farms suffered some damage, NADMO said.

According to media reports, the flooding was caused by a heavy downpour that lasted 12 hours on August 13. Several major roads were severely damaged, disrupting traffic and disrupting livelihoods. Bridges in these areas were also damaged and some settlements were completely isolated.

“This is a national disaster. The roads will be repaired in record time,” Roads and Highways Minister Kwesi Amoako-Atta assured the residents of the Upper West region.

In the town of Gaoua in neighboring Burkina Faso, about 50 km west of Djirapa, 82 mm of rain fell in 24 hours on August 13.

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