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Floods Displace 50,000 in Builsa

2007-09-18 22:40:09
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IN the wake of prolonged heavy down-pour in parts of the three northern regions, the Builsa District Chief Executive, Kofi Alonsi, says the district needs urgent supply of tents to accommodate over 50,000 flood victims and has appealed to relief organisations, philanthropists and the international community for help. He said the victims are currently sharing classrooms with pupils following the reopening of schools last week.

He told the Times during inspection of the local Queen Elizabeth Primary School that in the mornings, the victims push their belongings to corners of the classrooms to enable the children to rearrange their tables and chairs for classes.

Times observed that while classes were in progress the displaced persons including children and the aged loitered in the premises, a situation not conducive for teaching and learning.

The situation is the same at Daweo and Pobaga all in the Bolgatanga municipality.

An old woman, Madam Akantulsi Adagabe, said, “I do not know whether I will die here or get a house again before I die. There is no hope in sight because the relief items, especially the food ration, is so small that we have to deny ourselves the meal for the children to survive”.

Mr Alonsi said the district assembly is ensuring that relief items so far received, including 120 bags of rice, 199 bags of millet , 37 cartons of cooking oil, five packets roofing nails, 10 packets of roofing sheets, 140 lanterns, some plastic plates and cups are given to those severely hit.

The DCE said that if the tents do not arrive on time, the situation could worsen and result in loss of lives.

Mr Emmanuel Chegeweh, the Kassena Nankana DCE, lamented over the fact that not much could be done to relieve the pain of the victims as the rains have not ceased, adding that it is not possible to start rebuilding now.

He however said that the assembly has voted ¢42 million for immediate procurement of relief items and procured chloride to disinfect the wells, dams and boreholes to ensure that the people drink wholesome water.

“Indeed the predicament of the victims, at Daweo, Pobaga in the Bolga municipality is not different,” be said.

source: Times

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