Rashid Mbugri, GNA
Nanton (N/R), Oct. 17, GNA – World Vision
International Ghana (WVIG) has begun distributing relief items to flood victims
in the Northern Region.
In all, WVIG is targeting to present 1,000
pieces of 30 litre water storage containers, 1,000 pieces of 20 litre buckets
for water purification, 1000 sieving mesh, 2,251 laundry and bathing soaps and
331,700 P&G water purifiers.
This intervention, which forms part of WVIG’s
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) progamme, is in response to the call by
the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to support people
affected by floods as a result of the spillage of the Bagre Dam and heavy
Mr Samuel Gmalu, Humanitarian Emergency
Affairs and Security Manager of WVIG, presented the first batch of the items
including 30 litre water storage containers, 20 litre buckets for water
purification, sieving mesh, laundry and bathing soaps and P&G water
purifiers to the affected people in the Nanton District.
The flood victims were from communities
including Nanton Kurugu, Kpano, and Gbumgbum.
Assessments by WVIG together with other
partners confirmed that the spillage of the Bagre Dam last month, coupled with
heavy rains in the region had resulted in over 35 deaths and displaced more
than 52,000 people, destroyed a number of houses, and roads and contaminated
domestic water sources as well as an estimated 10,000 hectares of farmlands.
Mr Gmalu said WVIG is aiming to repair and
maintain 250 boreholes to provide clean and safe water to the victims since
many of the wells and boreholes had submerged in the floods.
He said there is the need for other stakeholders
to also take steps to get the flood victims especially children, some form of
relief to enable them recover from the effects of the disaster.
Mr Wumbei Zakaria, Coordinating Director of
the Nanton District, commended WVIG for its efforts at contributing to the
sustainable well-being of people especially the most vulnerable in the region.
Mr Zakaria appealed for support from
government and other development partners since the Assembly is new and lacked
the resources needed to operate efficiently.
Mr Mohammed Musah Sulemana, Nanton District
NADMO Director, said NADMO would continue to collaborate with development
partners to solicit support for the flood victims.
Beneficiaries thanked WVIG for the
intervention and appealed for more support from government to ameliorate their