Vodza Ecotourism Initiative is concerned about the harm caused by flooding following the Akosombo Dam spill.

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Concerns have been raised by the Vodza Ecotourism Initiative (VEI) regarding the flood that affected the communities of Vodza, Keta, North, South, and Central Tongu due to water spilling from the Akosombo dam.

The executive body of the Vodza Ecotourism Initiative expressed their displeasure in a press release, claiming that the leakage has negatively impacted the people living in the previously stated communities.

The lives and means of subsistence of the residents of these towns and villages are still greatly impacted by this year’s spills. In numerous towns around the Volta River and the Keta Basin, homes have been destroyed, livelihoods have been upset, and over 10,000 people have been forced to leave their homes entirely. The statement read, “We recognize the struggles these communities are facing and ask for your support during these trying times.

The Vodza Ecotourism Initiative has voiced concern over the spill’s potential effects on the ecosystem.

“Although necessary, the ongoing discharge of water from the Akosombo Dam has severely damaged farmlands, wildlife habitats, and entire communities along the Volta River. It has also caused significant flooding in several towns. The local flora and fauna will suffer long-term effects from this disturbance of the environment, the group stated.

According to the Vodza Ecotourism Initiative, they are dedicated to protecting the environment and cultural legacy and enhancing the quality of life for those who reside in the Vodza-Keta region.

Thus, the group implored stakeholders to act immediately to mitigate the adverse impact of the flooding scenario.

“The Volta River Authority (VRA), NADMO, and the Ghanaian government are among the parties that VEI urges to act immediately to lessen the adverse effects of the Akosombo disaster. They asked for help in the form of cash, kind, and volunteer support for the impacted villages, as well as the implementation of long-term plans to regulate the Volta River’s flow.

They committed to working with other organizations to find a long-term solution to this ongoing problem.

“VEI pledges to collaborate with local authorities, environmental organizations, non-governmental and international organizations, and impacted communities to identify sustainable solutions that strike a balance between energy production needs and the preservation of the environment, cultural heritage, and the welfare of the Volta Region and the people of Ghana overall.”

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