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21.03.2008 Disaster

Water Shortage Hits Datuko

By Times Reporter, Talensi - newtimesonline.com

THE Member of Parliament for Talensi, John Tia, has appealed to the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council and the Regional Ghana Water Company to assist in solving the acute water shortage that has hit Datuko, a farming community and its environs in the Talensi area.

The present situation has affected the economic activities of the more than 4,000 residents as every human activity is centred around the search for water.

Making the appeal through newsmen here yesterday, Mr Tia said that all the hand dug wells had completely dried up, compelling the people to walk between three and five kilometres to the White Volta, for raw water.

He said that the situation had also resulted in the death of a lot of livestock in the area, which is the main occupation of some of the men in the town.

To ensure a permanent solution of the problem, Mr Tia suggested the immediate digging of boreholes instead of the hand dug wells which are shallow.

The MP said that the water crisis which hit Datuko about two weeks ago, has now reached a crisis point.

Asked what the people had done about the situation, the MP said that it had been reported to the Talensi Nabdam District Assembly, which is one of the newly created districts, but nothing had been done about the plight of the people.

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