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Appiatse explosion: NADMO appeals for support for 900 displaced persons

Sedzi Amedonu, deputy national coordinator of NADMO

Sedzi Amedonu, deputy national coordinator of NADMO

The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has appealed to corporate institutions and benevolent organisations to come to the aid of individuals affected in the explosion at Bogoso-Appiatse in the Western Region.

At least 900 persons have so far been displaced in last Thursday’s explosion, which also left 13 people dead.

“We need mosquito nets and soaps. We also need food items. There is a committee receiving these items [comprising the MCE of the area] in cash and food; any donation is welcome,” the deputy national coordinator of NADMO Sedzi Amedonu told Kwaku Nhyira-Addo on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday (25 January).

“If you saw the pictures then you will know that nobody was able to pick anything from their homes before the explosion hit them; every little [donation] will help.

“The government is looking at ways to help them rebuild and our job is to look at the humanitarian issues that have risen. At this stage, every donation is welcome,” he said.

The deputy NADMO boss said his outfit is yet to start any distribution to the affected victims.

“No distribution is going on. What’s happening is that the food items are being used to prepare food for the affected victims.”

Support

The government is set to establish GHC200, 000 fund to support families and victims of the deadly explosion at Bogoso-Appiatse in the Western Region.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice-President of Ghana who led the National Emergency Response Team to Bogoso said the fund including food and other material items are initial provisions to help bring relief to the victims.

“Today, I want to give thanks to the Catholic Church and the Father here whom we have seen providing accommodation to the people who have been displaced. We’ll do everything that we are able to do to provide the need for all the displaced and to make sure all the sick is taken care of.

“…And we are presenting these things to the people through the municipal chief executive to make sure they’re distributed including a sum of GHC200,000 to take care of their initial need,” he stated.

Fred Dzakpata

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