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Veep Urges Assemblies to Provide Assistance to Flood Victims

2007-09-07 14:31:21
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Aliu Mahama
Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, has called on Municipal and District Assemblies in the three Northern Regions to be proactive in the provision of assistance to flood victims.

He said they could use a component of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) for disaster to provide the basic needs such as food, mattresses and blankets while waiting for major interventions from government and National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

Alhaji Mahama made the call when he visited some communities in West Mamprusi District hit by the recent floods, which also affected Upper East and West Regions.

He also visited Wungu in West Mamprusi District, Kumbungu, Nawuni and Dalun in Tolon/Kumbungu District where he inspected the extent of damage to farmlands and property.

Alhaji Mahama described the floods as a major disaster that called for massive infusion of financial support and appealed to international and voluntary organisations to complement government’s efforts to alleviate the plight of the people.

Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, Northern Regional Minister who briefed the Vice-President on the flood situation in the Region, said the Northern Regional Coordinating Council initially underestimated the extent of damage.

However, he said the floods caused extensive damage in West Mamprusi and Bunkpurugu/Yunyoo Districts adding that some areas in Damongo/Daboya in West Gonja District were completely cut off from the rest of the Region and could only be accessible by a helicopter.

Alhaji Idris suggested that waterways should be constructed in those areas to drain the rainwater to prevent flooding.

Mr Nabila Sulemana, West Mamprusi District Chief Executive briefing the Vice President on the situation in the District said the area experienced a downpour on July 22 which destroyed 261 compound houses out of which 26 of them totally collapsed.

He said over 126 hectares were flooded, 37 wells contaminated while part of the Walewale-Kumbungu road was completely cut-off from the rest of West Mamprusi District.

Alhaji Mahama also visited Nawuni Water Works and consoled residents of the area whose houses were inundated by floods and assured them of government’s assistance.

Mr Magnus Opare Asamoah, Deputy Minister of Transportation, Mr Isaac George Amoo, National Coordinator of NADMO and some officials of Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) accompanied the Vice President on the tour.


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