Wednesday, December 22, 2010


THE Volta River Authority (VRA) has donated 130 bags of maize to communities which were recently affected by floods in the Kintampo North Municipality, Pru and Sene Districts in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The communities were flooded as a result of the opening of the Bagri Dam in Burkina Faso and the torrential rains that hit the northern parts of the country that made the White Volta and its tributaries to overflow their banks.
The donation to the flood victims in the Brong Ahafo Region formed part of a GH¢10,000 relief package for communities affected by the recent floods in the northern part of the country.
The Sunyani Area Manager of the Northern Electrification Department (NED) of the VRA, Mr Noble Dormenu, presented the relief items on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the VRA, Mr Kweku Awortwi.
He said the gesture was to help mitigate the plight of the flood victims.
Mr Dormenu expressed the hope that the relief items would go a long way to solve the food situation of the affected communities whose farmlands had been destroyed as a result of the flooding.
The Principal Community Relations Officer of the NED of the VRA, Alhaji M.E. Siam, said most of the communities affected were predominately farming communities which relied on agriculture as their source of livelihood, and therefore, needed to be assisted with the food items.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, who received the items on behalf of the victims, thanked the VRA for the gesture.
He said the government had already provided some relief items to the communities but it could not do it all alone, and therefore, welcomed such assistance from other corporate institutions such as the VRA.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo appealed to other corporate institutions to come to the aid of the communities affected by the floods to help mitigate their suffering.
The Regional Co-ordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Mr J.B. Nyarko, appealed to the VRA and the Pru District Assembly to construct drains along the roads in some of the VRA resettlement town at Yeji to help address the perennial flooding experienced by the people in the area each year.

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