Alert: Burkina Faso to spill Kompienga and Bagre Dams

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The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has warned residents in some communities in northern Ghana to move to higher grounds as Burkinabe authorities plan to spill water from the Bagre and Kompienga dams.

The spillage has become necessary due to the water levels of the two dams.

“Due to the rapid rise in the water level of the Bagre Dam, the opening of the dam valves may be effected as soon as the level reaches 234.75m and that may happen any day between 5th August and Monday 10th August, 2020”, NADMO said in a statement released on Thursday.

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“The current levels of the Kompienga Dam as of 5th August, 2020 is 172.41m with the rate rise at 38.45% as against 28.66% same period last year.

“The levels of the Bagre Dams as of today being 234.62m with its rate of rise at 94.42% as against 60.58% same period last year”.

NADMO further said due to the possible effect of the spillage of the dams on the areas downstream the White Volta, the following communities along the river are likely to be affected:

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UPPER EAST REGION
Bawku West
Nabdam
Talensi
Pusiga

NORTH EAST REGION
West Mamprusi
Mamprugu
Magdori
East Mamprusi

NORTHERN REGION
Kumbugu
Karaga
Tolon
Savelugu

SAVANNAH REGION
Daboya
Central Gonja(Buipe)

UPPER WEST
Lawra

The spillage of the Bagre Dam in the past has claimed lives and destroyed millions of properties.

Due to the likely impact on the above communities, all in Ghana, the management of NADMO has launched ‘Operation ThunderBolt 2020’ and has dispatched officers to these areas to prepare and train the people to manage the effect of the spillage.

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