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Residents Affected By Akosombo Dam Spillage Ignored Prior Warnings – NADMO1 min read

Residents Affected By Akosombo Dam Spillage Ignored Prior Warnings – NADMO<span class="wtr-time-wrap after-title"><span class="wtr-time-number">1</span> min read</span>

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has placed responsibility on residents living along the Akosombo Dam for failing to heed repeated warnings to evacuate the area in the event of a spillage.

Despite criticism from some individuals and civil society organizations, NADMO officials justify their actions, stating that the victims were adversely affected by the Akosombo Dam spillage because they did not take the warnings seriously.

Submitting on Citi News monitored by, George Ayisi, the Director of Communications explained that residents were caught off guard as previous warnings of a possible spillage in 2022 did not materialize. He emphasized that NADMO had conscientiously conducted awareness and sensitization efforts, including simulation exercises in May 2023, to prepare residents for the potential disaster.

Mr. Ayisi clarified that they had worked with the Volta River Authority (VRA) to create an emergency preparedness plan, which included the simulation exercises involving communities in the area. He pointed out that the warnings had been issued, but some residents didn’t believe the spillage would actually occur because past warnings had not resulted in action.

He also noted that the warnings played a crucial role in preventing any fatalities following the spillage, and in some cases, NADMO had to intervene to ensure residents’ safety, even if it meant forcibly moving them to safe havens.

In summary, NADMO contends that they took measures to inform and prepare residents, but some residents did not take the warnings seriously until the spillage occurred.

The organization maintains that these efforts have been instrumental in preventing loss of life in the affected region.