If the Akosombo Dam exceeds its operational level, the Volta River Authority (VRA) has issued a warning, saying that nothing will be spared.
Because of this, it may need to keep releasing more water from the dam in order to prevent any unanticipated disaster if the present level rises.
The dam has a maximum operating level of 277.5 feet; however, as of right now, its water level is 277.26 feet, according to Edward Obeng Kenzo, Deputy Chief Executive of the VRA.
In an interview with Citi FM’s Citi Breakfast Show, which 1Family Radio monitored, Mr. Kenzo emphasized that while the Authority does not currently have any plans to release additional water from the dam in the near future, anything that goes above and beyond its operational capacity would cause the dam to collapse, resulting in the complete eradication of all people and buildings along the Volta River’s bank.
“We don’t want to spill any additional volume of water. We are tracking, and with the data, we believe that we may not spill any volume of water. But if there should be any unexpected heavy rains into the dam, we’ll be compelled to spill,’’ he explained.
“Where we are now, we are around 277.26 feet of water behind the dam. The dam’s operational level is 276, and the maximum allowable operational level of the dam is 277.5 feet.”
“So we are left with only about 0.24 feet to get to that maximum operational level of the dam. So at any level beyond this, we are putting the dam’s integrity at risk.”
If the dam should break, the volume of water that will come out of it—all those along the banks of the river, all the way to somewhere around Tema—will be wiped into the sea. No human being will be saved; no structure will be saved; nothing will be saved,” he added.