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GWCL announces Weija dam spillage; residents in affected communities advised to evacuate

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has advised residents close to the Weija Dam in Accra to evacuate over imminent spillage of the Dam.

In a statement, the GWCL said the spillage has become necessary due to the rise in water levels. According to them, the safe operating level of the dam is 47ft but in the past two days, water levels have risen from 37ft to 47.9ft.

“Management of GWCL, therefore, wishes to inform the general public as well as institutions and organizations who have properties downstream of the dam, that the opening of the spillway gates is inevitable and possibly cause flooding. Therefore, the company urges inhabitants living in communities downstream and along the buffer zone of the river course, to evacuate the area to forestall any eventualities and also to protect life and property”

Communities that are likely to be affected include; Tetegu, Oblogo, Pambros Salt, Lower McCarthy Hill, Lower Weija, Bojo Beach, Ada Kope, Tsokome and surrounding communities.

“Property owners and residents in the area are therefore advised to evacuate or take immediate precautionary measures to protect life and property” a statement signed by Chief Manager of Public Relations and Communication at GWCL Stanley Martey stated.

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