The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has advised all communities along the Tano River from Techiman – Tanoso in the Bono East Region to Chiraa in the Bono Region and Duayaw Nkwanta and Bechem in the Ahafo Region not to drink from the river until further notice because the water has been poisoned.
A press statement signed by the Offinso North District Director of NADMO, Elijah Mamos explained the directive had become necessary as a result of an accident that involved an articulated truck that was carrying sulphuric acid. The vehicle plunged into the river at Tanoso in the Bono East Region.
As a result of the accident, the acid which was in 2500 gallons washed into the water and led to the death of several aquatic animals.
“We are by this urging all to carry the message to the target communities/people along the Tano river bank to save human lives”.
Meanwhile, the officials of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service have confirmed the accident and explained that at about 8.30 am on Monday [January 13, 2020], a DAF cargo truck with Burkina Faso registration number 11KJ9312-BF, carrying 2500 gallons of sulphuric acid and an unspecified quantity of shovels from Tema to Burkina Faso fell into the river.
According to the police, the cargo truck while ascending a hill on reaching Tanoso reversed and eventually fell into the Tano River resulting in some of the chemicals pouring into the river.
The driver together with his two assistants was rushed to the Tanoso Health center. They were treated and discharged because they sustained minor injuries.
Deputy Minister of Regional Re-organization, Mr. Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah and the Municipal Chief Executive for Techiman, Mr. John Kofi Donyina, as well as the officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and NADMO, visited the scene to assess the situation.
He said efforts were still underway to remove the chemicals from the polluted water and to remove the vehicle from the river.