- The Ghanaian government is at the brink of finalising a multi-sectoral strategic plan to focus on water project resources, social infrastructure, agriculture, health and environment to help reconstruct the country’s four regions affected by the flood.
The Kufuor government has so far approved over $US 600,000 for the acquisition of additional emergency relief items to supplement the National Disaster Management Organisation’s strategic reserve programme.
Ghana’s Interior Minister, Kwamena Bartels who briefed the diplomatic community about the flood situation in Upper East, West, Northern and Western regions, said the success of the plan would depend on support from the international community and donor agencies.
“We are faced with a disaster and what is even worrying is the fact that successful recovery from this situation is definitely going to be a difficult task,” he said. “The victims want action now and I hope you will bring this to the attention of your governments and the leadership of your organisations for them to support us as a matter of urgency.”
Ghana has been among African countries swept by terrible floods. Apart from killing 56 people, floods have displaced 341,360 as well as destroyed 34,878 houses.
The floods have also swept 131 trunk and feeder roads, 70 bridges and culverts. “Some 70,526 hectares with the production potential of 144,430 metric tonnes were also affected,” Bartels said, concurring, “we must now focus on the victims, especially those living and how to address their immediate needs as well as provide them with support for the long term.”
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