Ghana’a Vice President, Dr Muhamudu Bawumia, was in the country’s northern region on Wednesday to inspect damage and commiserate with victims of floods in the regional capital, Tamale.
Most areas of Tamale got flooded after heavy rains on Tuesday flooded major areas. Local media reported two deaths and the loss of properties running into millions of Ghana cedis.
The main hospital serving the northern region, the Tamale Teaching Hospital, was not spared the floods, photos showed nurses at the facility scooping flood water in the facility.
Bawumia was accompanied by a number of government officials on his visit. After his inspection and receiving briefing from local level officers, he pledged government’s support for victims and also issued directives for properties located in the middle of waterways to be removed.
Flooding in parts of the country has become a perennial occurrence. It has led to calls for the government to take steps to forestall flooding rather than seeking to remedy its effects.
The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) is called to action in times of such disasters. Their main mandate is to cushion the effects of displacements and to help affected people to piece their lives back.