The annual ritual of the opening of the flood gates of the Bagre and Kompienga dams in Burkina Faso will commence on Thursday, September 1, 2022.
This the “Burikinabe” authorities say, follows the rapid rising of the upstream level of the two famous dams in that country.
Mohammed Fugu, a Graphic Online reporter indicates that as of Wednesday (August 31, 2022), “the water level of the Kompienga dam for instance was 234.71 metres with a rising rate of 98.40 per cent as against 92.10 per cent same period last year”.
The popular Bagre Dam is also said to have risen to 175.53 metres with a rising rate of 59.86 per cent. This is high as compared to its 55.24 per cent same period in 2021.
Residents in communities downstream along the White and Black Volta rivers ,who have always been victims in the annual ritual have been asked to relocate to higher grounds.
This is for their own safety in anticipation of floods in the some parts of northern Ghana.
An alert was sent by SONABEL, the agency that manages the Bagre and Kompienga dams to Ghanaian authorities.
The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has also send caution to the affected communities to do the needful to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.