Communities along the Tano River have been warned to stay away from the water body as it is feared poisoned.
National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in Offinso North, Techiman, Tanoso, Chira, Duayaw Nkwanta and Bechem are to immediately refrain from drinking from the Tano River till further notice.
The district NADMO Coordinator, Mamoa Elijah, in a statement issued on Monday, January 13, 2020, saying the order was necessitated by an accident at Tanoso in the Bono East Region, involving an articulated truck carrying car batteries.
As a result of the accident, the acid in the batteries washed into the water and has caused the death of several aquatic animals including fishes and crocodiles.
The officials of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service also confirmed the accident and explained that at about 8.30 am on Monday January 13, 2020, a DAF cargo truck with a Burkina Faso registration number 11KJ9312-BF, carrying 2,500 gallons of sulphuric acid and an unspecified quantity of shovels from Tema to Burkina Faso plunged 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 and his two assistants on board sustained minor injuries and were rushed to the Tanoso Health center for treatment,there, they received immediate treatment and were discharged.
according to reports, the Bono East Regional Commander of MTTD, ASP Andrew Kofi Okonengye told the 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 to visit the scene and 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.