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US provides $100,000 in urgent assistance to Akosombo/Kpong flood victims

Crops have been destroyed by the flood, schools shut and the economy has come to a standstill in nine districts of three regions affected by the deluge

The United States government, acting through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided US$100,000 – equivalent to GHC1.1 million – to the more than 31,000 people displaced by the recent flood in the Volta Region.

The US assistance will support the Government of Ghana’s relief efforts to save lives, reduce suffering caused by the flood and begin recovery, a statement from the embassy in Accra on Tuesday (31 October) said.

“I am pleased to announce just over GHC1.1 million to assist those affected by the flooding in the Volta Region,” the US ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Palmer, announced at the launch of the US Global Water Strategy Plan for Ghana in Accra on Friday.

“We are working with the World Food Programme to assist those most in need.”

In addition to the GHC1.1 million, USAID through the USAID/Enhancing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (En-WASH) project and in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and local government, has already provided chlorine concentrate for disinfection of communal latrines and drainage canals.

USAID also provided local residents with 175,000 aqua tablets for treatment and purification of 3.5 million litres of drinking water to prevent the outbreak of water-borne disease.

“The United States is Ghana’s largest bilateral development partner. In 2022, our bilateral assistance totalled over US$150 million dedicated to supporting health, economic growth and agriculture, education, governance and security,” the statement added.

The United States is committed to supporting the people and Government of Ghana, including during this humanitarian and health emergency, it said.

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