Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Action-Aid Ghana has presented some building materials and other relief items estimated at Twenty Thousand Pounds Sterling to the Central Gonja District of the Northern Region for distribution to 13 communities that were severely affected by the recent flood disaster and have agreed to move to higher grounds.

The devastating flood, which affected over 32,000 people in 55 communities, also destroyed several homes, farmlands, roads and bridges among others.

However, the gesture forms part of Action Aid Ghana’s humanitarian services to the people under its operational areas. The items included 50 maxi bags of rice, 200 maxi bags of maize, 100 bags of millet, 100 gallons of cooking oil, 50 packets of blended flour, 50 bags of beans, 20 bags of sugar and 20 bags of iodated salt.

The rest comprised 250 mosquito nets, 400 packets of roofing sheets, 20 boxes of keysoap and 20 bags of bathing soap. A total targeted number of 500 households in 13 affected communities including Konoto, Adidodeke, Agege, Freetown, Santa, Mawekrom and Avegorme all in the Central Gonja district are to benefit from the donation.

When Savannahnews visited some of the affected communities it was discovered that majority of the victims are now recovering from their traumas with some also engaged in fish mongering. Some of the women complained about lack of drinking water since their water sources and KVIPs have all been destroyed by the floods.

Making a symbolic presentation at Minpeasem, a fishing community near Buipe, the Deputy Country Director of Action-Aid Ghana, Mohammed Yakubu Saani says human security intervention is one of the top most priorities of Action Aid and unveils plans to also relocate residents of Bonyamo and Kikale NO 4, the worse affected communities as a means of restoring the hope and dignity of the victims.

The DCE for Central Gonja, Issifu Sualisu Be-Awuribe describes Action Aid Ghana’s donation as single major support the victims have ever received.

He passionately advised the flood victims who are still living in low land along the Volta Lakes to relocate to higher and safer grounds.

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