Flood victims get assistance
Four hundred and seventy six households people in six communities affected by floods in the Bunkprugu –Yunyoo District of the Northern Region are being assisted to farm this year.[2008-06-05 02:45:13]
Each household is being given a total of 165 Ghana Cedis to
purchase seed for sowing and grains to feed on during the farming
They are also encouraged to use part of the money to buy poultry or domestic animals for rearing.
The 10-Month programme is being carried out by CARE International and Action Aid Ghana and sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID).
Project Manager of CARE International, Mr. Emmanuel Akansige, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga on Wednesday said the programme covered other Districts of the Northern Region, Upper East and Upper West and was meant to help households that suffered most during the floods to farm and be able to take care of themselves.
He said, due to the destruction caused by the floods, some
households had nothing left and were only coping with one meal a day, migrating to other places in search of work or hiring themselves out as day labourers which could not sustain them.
He said half of the beneficiaries identified as very poor would also be given 15 Ghana Cedis to register under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to enable them to access health care.
The beneficiary communities include Tobont, Kolik, Moshio, Pulok, Temma and Buaterigu.
Some of the other areas to benefit are Langbinsi, Nalerigu, both in the East Mamprusi District 15 communities in Lawra District in the Upper West Region, Garu-Tempane District and Builsa District in the Upper East Region.
The Northern Sector of the country, in August and September 2007
was affected by floods that damaged about 70,500 hectares of cultivable land and destroyed 144,000 metric tones of food. Roads, bridges and dams were also damaged.