The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in collaboration with the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has embarked on early warning preparedness drive in flood prone communities in the Upper West Region (UWR).

The exercise is targeted at educating communities to understand and sufficiently prepare themselves to avoid imminent flood related disasters and its aftermath effects as the rains intensify.

Officials described the public education programme as a national security one when they met the people of Yali-Yaru community in the Nadowli-Kaleo District on Friday.

The Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO), Mr Kwaku Manu Afful who is Director of Operations at GNFS headquarters said the workout session aimed to sensitise communities on the dangers of living around or farming in flood prone areas.

It was also to help the state officials to assess the disaster preparedness of various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the region.

Naa Danwaa Musah Kuonbayaa, the Chief of Yali-Yaru community recounted how their food crops along the banks of the Black Volta River were washed away by the floods last year, inflicting hunger and suffering on communities there.

Only that portion of their land was fertile, he said, but due to the danger they had abandoned the area this year and now engage in backyard farming.

He projected the people would continue to suffer because they did not get enough acreage of farmland to be able to sustain their families and appealed to government, benevolent organisations and philanthropists for support.

NADMO and GNFS commended the people for abandoning their farms along the area this year, saying it was better not to farm there than to do it and later lose their lives and resources to floods.

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