US gives Ghana GHC1.1m to assist flood victims

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The United States government 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 recent flooding in the Volta Region.

The U.S. assistance will support the Government of Ghana’s relief efforts to save lives, reduce suffering, 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,” U.S. ambassador to Ghana Virginia Palmer announced at the launch of the U.S. 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 Organization (NADMO) and local government, has already provided chlorine concentrate for disinfection of communal latrines, drainage canals, among others.

USAID also provided local residents with 175,000 tablets of Aqua tabs for the treatment and purification of 3.5 million liters of drinking water to prevent the outbreak of water-borne diseases.

“The United States is Ghana’s largest bilateral development partner. In 2022, our bilateral assistance totaled 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.


Source: Daily Mail GH

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