In a heartfelt response to the challenges faced by 36,000 individuals affected by the Akosombo Dam-induced flood, the Volta River Authority (VRA) recently disclosed that it has allocated GH¢9 million towards relief initiatives. This sum forms part of the GH¢20 million set aside to aid residents in nine districts across the Volta and other affected regions. During a press conference held in Accra on Monday, October 23, Ken Arthur, Deputy Chief Executive responsible for Services at the VRA, emphasized the organization’s strong commitment to easing the suffering of those impacted. He reassured the public that everyone in need would receive the necessary support during this crucial endeavor.
The VRA, in collaboration with a dedicated relief team, has been actively distributing essential food items, including rice, maize, beans, gari, sugar, mackerel, cooking oil, palm oil, tomato paste, groundnuts, biscuits, fruit juice, powdered milk, and clean drinking water to the affected communities. Additionally, non-food essentials like mosquito repellent creams, mosquito nets, blankets, mattresses, solar-powered lanterns equipped with phone charging features, and hygiene products have also been provided.
Moreover, the VRA has engaged Zoomlion to extend sanitation services to the affected areas, including mobile toilets and sanitation facilities at safe zones. To improve accessibility, a new access road has been constructed from Mepe to the St. Kizito center, eliminating the need for boat transportation. As an additional measure, the VRA has cleared the Sogakope bridge of weeds to facilitate the smooth flow of the river, minimizing the risk of further flooding.
Ken Arthur reiterated the VRA’s collaboration with the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and other relevant bodies, affirming their unwavering commitment to the well-being of those impacted. He emphasized that no one would be neglected during this critical situation.
The VRA expressed its empathy for all individuals affected by the flood and reiterated its dedication to working hand in hand with NADMO and other relevant agencies to provide aid and support to the victims. These relief efforts have significantly contributed to providing much-needed relief and assistance to those affected, alleviating their distress during these trying times.