Vice-President Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia has donated an amount of GHS50,000 and relief items to displaced residents and bereaved families affected by torrential rains in the Upper East Region.
The donation, which is on behalf of the government, is to address the urgent needs of the displaced residents whose lives have been put into difficulty.
Dr Bawumia made the donation on Sunday, 20 October 2019, when he led a government delegation to visit chiefs, families of deceased, and community members of the affected areas of the recent rainfall related disasters in the region.
He expressed the deepest condolences of government and commiserated with the bereaved families and victims of the rains.
Dr Bawumia noted that the government is very concerned about the casualties and will assist victims and the affected communities with several relief items.
Given that most of the deaths were as a result of collapsed buildings, he pleaded with residents to give consideration to the durability of materials in the construction of homes to make the houses strong enough to withstand torrential rains.
Dr Bawumia also inspected damage caused to the Tono irrigation dam and reassured management that the required repairs will be undertaken.
He noted that the government is also taking steps to address the perennial floodings that occur in the Northern sector as a result of the spillage from the Bagre dam.
“We will soon commence works on the Pwalugu multi-purpose dam to provide flood control, irrigation for about 25,000 hectares of farmlands, and drinking water,” he stated.