The Water Scarcity that has hit Yendi and its environs in the Northern Region of Ghana has worsened creating a near disaster situation in the area.
Reports suggests that,Water Tanker Vehicles have been deployed to the Yendi township, the second largest town in the Northern region , 91km from the regional capital, Tamale, to provide emergency service to residents following a severe water crisis that has wracked the area.
The move was ordered by the Member of Parliament Hon. Habib Tijani and will be in collaboration with the Water Company in Tamale to make sure water is made available to the people of Yendi municipality for fee.
The tanker vehicles will be stationed permanently at Yendi and are expected with daily provision of water to be distributed to the entire municipality with a population of about one hundred and ninety six thousand (196, 000).
Authorities have been forced into taking this desperate measure to mitigate effects of the water crisis that has threatened residents and food security.
Member of Parliament for the Yendi constituency,Hon Habib Tijani confirming the deployment to Kasapa News added that a $30m loan had been secured from the Indian government to draw water from the Oti river to permanently end the crisis.
He said contract would be awarded for the project to begin immediately the loan arrangement now at advanced stage is sealed.
“we’ve been on this issue for the past two months because we forsaw this was going to the situation we find ourselves, so at a meeting of the Water Resources Works and Housing committee in Parliament I raised and the then Managing Director (MD) ordered the regional manager to ensure that when the situation arises, tankers should be mobilised to get water to the people of Yendi.
The long term strategy is to get the water from oti river to Yendi and we have $30m from the India government and very soon it will be awarded on contract”, the deputy foreign affairs minister revealed.
The municipal director, Mr. Sarfo Agyapong Kantanka also confirmed the intervention saying the situation is “severe ” which needed a quickfix.
Water crisis is a perennial problem for Yendi residents and water management body have blame it on activities of sand wining which has damaged River Dakar, the main source of water.
Residents have been using polluted water for domestic chores and all the about 160 boreholes across the municipality have stood dry and stand pipes empty for several months without fresh running water.
The only hospital which serves as referral centre for other seven districts has been severely hit by the crisis. Hospital authorities said an amount of GH5,250 spent weekly on water is rankling its financial strength. Relatives of patients are being asked to carry water from homes to the facility for operation and surgeries.
Farmlands have dried and crops are perishing compelling some youth to abandon the occupation and drift to the violence prone district capital in search of unavailable jobs.
By: Eliasu Tanko