Disaster victims receive relief items

Mr Okoe Vanderpuije presenting an item to a flood victim

Mr Okoe Vanderpuije presenting an item to a flood victim

SOME individuals in the Accra metropolitan area who lost their property to the floods on June 3, have been given relief items to instigate their suffering.

The exercise was initiated by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

A total of 30,111 people in the 10 sub-metros of the Accra metropolis have been registered by NADMO as those who lost their property.

They were presented with mattresses, cooking oil, rice, secondhand clothings, and blankets.

The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, led a team of officials to monitor the distribution process. The team first visited Ashiedu Keteke sub-metro in which 1,593 residents were registered as victims.

The distribution of the items took place at the James Town Police Station. At the Ablekuma Sub-metro, the NADMO officials were confronted with some challenges in their distribution format but that was swiftly resolved by the mayor who appealed to the victims to remain calm, assuring that the Assembly would ensure that everyone was served.

He noted that a fumigation and desilting exercise to prevent the outbreak of communicable diseases had commenced.

He said irrespective of the hitches, the Assembly would continue to demolish all structures built on waterways.

The Metro NADMO Coordinator, Joseph Otoo, said his outfit had conducted the necessary assessment to determine items relevant for the people’s survival before the exercise.

He urged those who had not been captured to exercise patience, adding that they would take stock and reregister them.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to The Ghanaian Times expressed appreciation to the government for the swift response.

This notwithstanding, they urged corporate organisations to assist them.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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