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General News Tue, 8 Jul 2008

VRA cautions public about Burkinabe spillage

Accra, July 8, GNA - The Volta River Authority (VRA) on Tuesday advised residents and communities along the banks of the White Volta River and its tributaries in the three northern regions to take precautionary measures to avoid being adversely affected by possible water spillage from Burkina Faso.

In a statement signed by Ms. Abla Fiadjoe, Acting Corporate Affairs Director, VRA said the Burkinabe authorities were expecting excessive rainfall from July through September, which could lead to possible spilling of water from the Bagre and Kompienga dams.

It said the spillage may cause the White Volta River to swell and likely occupy its normal flood plains.

VRA therefore advised residents and communities along the banks of the White Volta River and its tributaries to take precautionary measures to avoid being adversely affected. Spilling of water from Burkina Faso dams and heavy rains last year led to widespread flooding that caused extensive damage to life and property.

Source: GNA