Tidal waves victims in communities along Volta Region’s coast in Ketu South, Keta, and Anloga Districts have received a donation of 3,000 mattresses, bedding materials, 1,500 pieces of mosquito nets, soap and detergents, as well as food supplies.
The donation, which was made possible by The Volta Tidal Waves Relief Fund (VTWRF), is spearheaded by Caring Sisters, an NGO, The Ghana Association of Bankers (GAB), together with The MTN Ghana Foundation, Ashfoam, and the Volta Regional Coordinating Council to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
The presentation, saw the Regional Minister in collaboration with Municipal and District Chief Executives from the region donating some food and non-food items to the victims in addition to other relief items brought from NADMO led by Seji Saji Amedonu, a Deputy Director-General.
Presenting the relief items at the forecourt of the Keta Municipal Assembly, Brands and Marketing Director at Stanbic Bank and one of the initiators of VTWRF, Mawuko Afadzinu, said the initiative was to reduce the impact of the disaster on victims.
Mr Afadzinu said the few days of appeal to individuals and corporate institutions had yielded over GH¢1million cedis and noted that apart from the first batch (Sunday’s donation), there would be a second, which would consider reconstructing educational and medical infrastructure among others so the people could have “some semblance of normalcy” and called on those yet to donate to the Fund to do so.
Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, was grateful for the gesture and said such a wonderful collaboration between citizens and government was the way to go and hoped the Fund would become permanent for people to get a quick response in times like these to alleviate their plight.
He told the victims that the government cared about them and had always been with them from the day the disaster struck, with National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) around for assessment and reaching victims with some relief items.
Seji Saji Amedonu, a Deputy Director-General of NADMO spoke to the media after the donations and debunked claims of neglect.
He explained that NADMO has addressed the initial distressing situation for the victims.
A storm surge over the last weekend flooded homes and collapsed buildings including houses and school blocks in communities in KetuSouth, Keta, and Anloga District, and rendered about 4,000 people homeless.
There have been severe forms of the sea’s devastation in 2021 alone in communities of Salakope and Agavedzi and Fuveme, which washed away homes and lifetime investment of victims.
By: Isaac Clottey