The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has banned the cultivation of crops on the Adaklu Mountain.

The ban was necessitated by a “severe” landslide which displaced 50 farmers and destroyed 70 acres of farmlands during a rainstorm.

The affected communities are Helekpe, Avanyaviepe and Sikaman, all in the Adaklu District.

Mr Joseph Ankrah, Director of Geological and Radiological Disasters, NADMO, said farming activities on the “free-standing” mountain makes the hill bare, and affects stability of the rocks.

He said this when a team from NADMO head office led by Mr Seji Saji, the Deputy Director, toured the Mountain and affected farms to ascertain the level of destruction.

Mr Ankrah said it is not advisable for the farmers to clear the hill as such activities could cause multiple landslides down the slopes.

He urged farmers along the mountain to cultivate on lower grounds to avoid future disasters.

Mr Saji said NADMO was still investigating the cause of the landslide but said the Organization was working on some relief items for affected farmers.

Mr Kwame Agbodza, Member of Parliament for Adaklu, commended government and the NADMO team for the quick response and pledged the readiness of the District to cooperate with NADMO to ensure safety.

Togbe Krakani IV, Chief of Adaklu Helekpe, said the communities were terrified by the incident with many abandoning their farms.

Mr Divine Bosson, Volta Regional Director, NADMO, said affected farmers would be supported to cultivate crops in the minor season.

Source: GNA/

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