Over 20 communities in the Sissala East municipality have been cut off from Tumu after 12 hours of torrential rains.
A concrete bridge on the feeder road connecting Tumu to the communities has all been washed away leaving the whole concrete hanging in the middle of the road.
According to Anass from Kassana, one of the affected communities said “we are mourning, it’s a big funeral for all the over 20 communities, this is the farming season and we cannot bring fertilizer and other farm inputs to the place, this is more serious than the last one ”
In a telephone conversation, he told the LOCAL NEWS AT 5 ON RADFORDFM in Tumu that “We can’t go to Tumu today and nobody can visit us, not even a motor can cross”
Mr Anass observed that ‘women in labour or sick persons who will need medical services cannot get it as no motor or vehicle or a bicycle can cross’.
The affected communities where large acreage of maize fields is cultivated yearly due to their arable and fertile lands is about 15km from the Sissala East capital, Tumu and they include Kassana, Kassannpouri, Tanla, Tanvieli,Kunsola and others.
The washed off gravel of the road occurred when the rains which started about 1AM last night lasted till about 12PM today Wednesday 15th July 2020. Workers and framers were virtually at their homes due to the intensity of the rains
For those who use the corridor to travel, some community members say they fear for their lives due to the excess water and depth of the washed off part saying
‘it might be dangerous for pedestrians who may not know and use it”.
Checks also revealed that the main Tumu dam embankment may break if the rains continue as well as the Navariwie bridge lying between Tumu and Navrongo if not checked, can render the highway impassable giving the increasing volume of water.
Already there are reports that some vehicles and passengers are already stranded at the place as some passengers from Bolga coming into Tumu this evening “say it’s dangerous to cross to the other side and are waiting for the water to subside”.
Around last year same time, that portion of the highway between Tumu and Navrongo got washed off whenthe British high commissioner to Ghana Ian Walker was visting Tumu to start his bicycle ride and the metal bridge got flooded and since then , not much attention has been done by the contractor whom we are told is expected to construct the area
In a related development, the over 12hours of rains also affected vehicular movements into Sissala West Gwollu and other communities. A health personnel from the Sissala West directorate of health who were on their way to Jeffisi market today were forced to cancel the social Mobilization exercise for children after the Jeffisi towards Bullu to Gwollu stretch of the road got flooded.
Mr Emmanuel Narh said “when they drove from Gwollu to the area this morning, we noticed that the box culverts which is yet to be constructed but the entire area was flooded so it was risky to pass as the area had been covered by the water close to about 10 mitres when the driver used a stick and this made us abandoned the SMC program as it was risky”
He complained, “being the market day it would have been easier for us to reach everyone including those from the adjoining communities to hear the information on seasonal malaria chemotherapy”.
We only wasted fuel and our time he stated and added that “the vehicles coming from Wa also have to drive towards Tumu to Pulima before turning towards Gwollu which increased the distance of the journey.
Filed by: RADFORD FM