ACT Alliance Alert: Ghana: Floods Alert (17 October 2019)
Heavy rains for eight continuous days have caused havoc in the Upper East Region, as a number of people have lost their lives, while many others have either been displaced or injured. Already, 20 people have been confirmed dead, with 19 also injured, while some 1,550 houses have been destroyed in the process across the 15 districts of the region. Portions of a bridge in the Builsa North District, which connects Jansa and neighboring communities to Sandema, the district capital, have also been washed away. There are indications that the death toll and the number of houses damaged could rise, as the Upper East Regional Office of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) is still collating figures.
Additionally, the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) has, since the beginning of the year, issued warnings that the frequency of rainfall will increase this year. Although the country is in the minor rainy season, it has been experiencing heavy rainfall in the last few days, and this may be seen as posing a serious threat of exacerbating the flooding situation and causing more damage and harm.