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UNHCR Donates to Northern Country Flood Victims

2007-12-01 11:28:06
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is donating relief items to the northern Ghana flood victims.

The donation, which targets one thousand of the most vulnerable families, includes one thousand four-pack kitchen sets, five thousand blankets, five thousand sleeping mats, two thousand jerry cans, forty thousand pieces of soap (ten metric tonnes) and tents. The total cost of the items is two hundred and forty thousand dollars ($240,000).

In addition, UNHCR has made available nine trucks from its regional emergency stockpile for use by National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to facilitate the transportation and distribution of the relief items. In this regard, a Tripartite Letter of Understanding has been signed by UNHCR, NADMO and the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) for effective implementation.

This gesture has been made possible with support from the European Union, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and a strategic partnership with the International Migration Organization (IOM).

It is an endeavour to supplement the efforts of the Government of Ghana which has provided a ready response to the needs of the affected population.

Worldwide, environmental degradation and climate change are increasingly causing population movement and displacement. In this regard, although UNHCR's mandate does not include natural disasters, within the United Nations collective response, the UN Refugee Agency has joined international efforts towards addressing identified gaps in areas of emergency shelter and relief items.


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