Floods Hit Some Areas In Accra Again

In response to the torrential rains that affected Ghana in early June, which claimed over
200 lives and displaced 9 255 people, the European Commission is providing ?72 360 to
assist the most affected families.

Two Hour Rains Flood Accra
Two Hour Rains Flood Accra

This humanitarian aid will directly benefit 5.096 internally displaced people including
children who had their houses destroyed or damaged in the floods.
The EU funding is supporting the national Ghanaian Red Cross in delivering much needed
assistance, including basic relief items, access to drinking water, shelter, bedding kits,
hygiene and health promotion and epidemic control activities, to prevent outbreaks of
communicable diseases like malaria or cholera.
Two hundred volunteers are being mobilized and five First Aid posts have been set up in
the worst affected localities (Nima, Awoshie, Alajo, Adabraka, Low McCarthy Hill).
Torrential rains started on 3 June and continued until the next day impacting many parts of
the Greater Accra region. Over 46 000 people were affected, according to the Red Cross,
and the floods caused significant loss of property and livelihoods.
The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund
(DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
The European Commission has signed a ?3 million humanitarian contribution agreement
with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to
support the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). Funds from the DREF
are mainly allocated to ?small-scale? disasters ? those that do not give rise to a formal
international appeal.
The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund was established in 1985 and is supported by
contributions from donors. Each time a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs
immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF.
For small-scale disasters, the IFRC allocates grants from the Fund, which can then be
replenished by the donors. The contribution agreement between the IFRC and ECHO
enables the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations (that fit in with its
humanitarian mandate) up to a total of ?3 million.
The European Union, together with its Member States, is the world’s leading donor of
humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people
in need around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and
safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and
man-made crises. The European Commission through its Humanitarian Aid and Civil
Protection department (DG ECHO) helps over 120 million victims of conflicts and disasters
every year.


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