The death toll in the catastrophic floods that hit the Upper East region has risen to 28, the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has said.
Majority of those killed were as a result of the collapse of buildings made weak by torrential rains that battered the region for days.
Upper East Regional NADMO Director, Jerry Asamani, in an interview on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem, Thursday, confirmed that thousands of people have been rendered homeless.
He said majority of those injured have been discharged but 19 others including women and children are still on admission.
Mr Asamani, who described the situation as catastrophic, blamed the residents leaving in swampy areas for not heeding their advice.
“The people don’t want to live their ancestral homes, most of which are in swampy areas and that is a big problem,” he added.
The NADMO Upper East Director, who is currently in Accra for relief items, said his outfit was still collating figures on the impact of the disaster.
He is certain the relief items will not be enough for the thousands displaced, hence, called on non-governmental organisations and philanthropists to support the victims.
Mr Asumaning urged residents still living in flood-prone areas to move ahead of more rains in the coming days.