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VEEP Bawumia says completion of Pwalugu multipurpose dam is antidote to effects of Bagre Dam spillage

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Government says the building of the Pwalugu Dam is one sure way of dealing with excess spillage from the Bagre Dam. To this end, it will expedite action on its construction.

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia who made this known announced that once the floods subside and the spillage stops, contractors of the dam will move to the site.

Vice President Bawumia said this when he paid a working visit to the damaged Kubore Bridge in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region.

The Vice President also toured some affected areas of the Bagre Dam spillage.

The effects of heavy rains in the Upper East region coupled with the spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso have led to the complete disconnection of the main Bolgatanga-Bawku road.

Reports gathered by GBC’s Radio Ghana indicate that no vehicle can connect to either Bolgatanga from Bawku or vice versa because the White Volta Bridge has completely been submerged.

Travellers on Monday, September 7, morning were left stranded at the inaccessible bridge, leaving several cars parked on both sides of the road.

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia disclosed that SONABEL, managers of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso are currently spilling 29 million gallons per minute.

The Vice President said the only solution to the annual floods is the Pwalugu Multi-purpose dam.

The Vice President and his entourage next port of call was at Anateem, a community in the Bolgatanga Municipality where some residents in the area have been displaced by the torrential rains.

The Vice President on behalf of government donated relief items to the flood victims. The items include blankets, mattresses, cooking oil, rice, rubber buckets among others.

The Vice president rounded up his day one tour of the region at the ongoing rehabilitation of the Tono Irrigation dam spillway.

The spillway was badly damaged by the torrential rains last year. After a tour of the project which has been stalled due to the torrential rain, Vice President Dr. Bawumia reiterated government’s commitment to getting the spillway fixed.

The Vice president was accompanied by the Minister for the interior, Ambrose Dery, Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Anthony Karbo among others.

By: Samuel Ayammah.

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