Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) has distributed relief items to 264 families who were seriously affected by the June 3 flood victims in Accra. The provision of the support to the affected persons was through a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent to the tune of about GH¢106,000.00 Ghana Cedis.
The beneficiaries were drawn from Nima, Aworshie, Alajo, Adabraka and McCarthy Hill the suburbs of Accra and they comprise, The Aged women, Pregnant Women, Children, Widows and Lactating Mothers. The items distributed included: Sleeping Mats, Blankets, Bed sheets, Cloth ½ Piece, Hygiene Kits and Water treatment.
This is just a start of funds to support the most vulnerable people affected by the flooding and our volunteers will still continue with the assessment in the communities to enable us gather more information on the most vulnerable, then we will update our operations, meaning putting more funding to support the affected
The assessment exercise was conducted with the use of the RAMP, information gathered showed that the affected families even though need food yet, this did not come out as the most priority needs for them but Rather non- food Items were the most pressing needs of the people
The Red Cross assessment figures indicated that up to 46,370 people were affected in some way in five localities (Nima, Aworshie, Alajo, Adabraka, Low McCarty hill). On the other hand, the Inter-Agency Working Group for Emergencies (IAWGE) assessment, of which the RC is a member, indicates that 9,255 people have been displaced by the floods.
The action plan for the exercise is on evidence based plan, based on the information we gathered from the field assessment which really inform our action plan this distribution exercise.
The Assessment exercise will continue in the various communities provide continued support to the needs of people affected by floods as well as those affected during a fire /explosion at a petrol station during the rains killing more than 96 people and injuring several others.