Hundreds of residents in the Banda District of the Bono Region have been rendered homeless following several days of rainfall which has seen the Black Volta overflow its banks.
It also follows the opening of the spillway gates of the hydroelectric dam, a measure of the Bui Power Authority (BPA) to safeguard the dam’s structural integrity.
The controlled spilling of water at the generating station started on Monday, October 21, and would last for between five to 10 days and according to the Bui Power Authority (BPA) the duration of the excess water spilling would be dependent on the volume of inflows into the reservoir.
As of Wednesday, October 16, the water level at the reservoir was 181.78m with a daily rise of 0.20m.
The opening the spillway gate to bring the water to acceptable levels would not only save the dam but also allow for effective power generation.” We assure the general public that all water discharged from the Bui Reservoir will flow into the Volta Lake to enhance power generation at the Akosombo and Kpong Generating Stations. ”Bui Dam has an installed capacity of 400 megawatts.
Meanwhile, several homes have been pulled down as many communities have been flooded and properties estimated at thousands of cedis destroyed.
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The Chief of Bongase Nsuano,Togbe Keteni called on officials of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) to come to the aid of residents.