The Eastern Regional office of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the New Juaben Municipal Assembly have presented relief items worth GH¢45,000 to the Koforidua flood victims whose property were washed away following heavy rainfall on Sunday.
The items include 100 pieces of student mattresses, 300 pieces of blankets, 10 bales of second-hand clothes, 300 polymats, 100 pieces of plastic baskets, 50 bags of maize, 40 bags of rice, 10 cartons of cooking oil, 10 cartons of mosquito repellent, 500 mosquito nets, 500 pieces of drinking cups and 500 plates.
The two- hour downpour on Sunday afternoon caused flooding in homes in some of the communities in the New Juaben Municipality, such as the Koforidua Zongo, Musco, Yaw Kyeremakrom, Nsukwao, Segimental, and Asokore Zongo
The flood waters carried away property and animals bought by some of the Muslims for the Eid -Ul Adha celebration.
The victims slept in plastic chairs until Monday, because their mattresses and seats were wet as a result of the flood which entered their rooms.
Presenting the items, the Regional Coordinator of NADMO, Ransford Owusu Boakye, said the gesture was to support the victims, though it was not enough to replace their lost items.
He expressed regret that negligent acts such as the dumping of rubbish in gutters and building in waterlogged areas which blocked the free flow of the drainage system, had led to the flood, especially at Musco, adding that the place had not experienced such flooding for the past 20 years.
Mr. Boakye, said there was the need for the people living in such areas to make hygiene their priority, by frequently cleaning the gutters and the environment without relying on the municipal assembly.
He also urged the residents to take advantage of the rain to plant more trees around their homes to prevent any future windstorm.
For his part, the Municipal Chief Executive, Kwabena Okyere Kusi said the assembly was putting measures in place for the construction of a more bigger drain to take care of the flood waters, adding that it would help solve the issue of flooding in the area.
The assembly member for the area, Abdul Lattif, who received the items on behalf of the victims, commended the NADMO and the Municipal Assembly for their quick response to their plight.
From David Kodjo, Koforidua.