Severe rainstorms in Ghana's Northern and Volta regions started in the first week of March 2013 and continued for close to two weeks. The ensuing floods resulted in the displacement of populations, loss of property and farm produce. Between 23,000 and 25,000 people have been affected. The Government declared the affected areas a disaster zone. On 8 Apr, severe rainstorms caused further flooding and the destruction of property and farmlands in Agona East district in the Central region, affecting at least 1,000 people. While the rainy season begins in March, heavy rains usually only start in May. (IFRC, 18 Apr 2013)
Summary: CHF168,768 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 12 April 2013 to support the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) in delivering assistance to some 2,500 beneficiaries (500 households) affected by rainstorms in Gushegu, Nanumba North districts and Yendi Municipal in the Northern region of Ghana.
1. Executive Summary
Overall Project/Program Status:
CHF 168,768 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Ghana Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to up to 2,500 beneficiaries (500 households). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Geneva, 3 April 2013
1. Brief description of the emergency and impact
A severe rainstorm in Northern Ghana in the last two weeks of March 2013, has caused destruction and displacement. The affected districts include Gushegu, Yendi Municipal, Savelugu/Nanton, Saboba, Zabzugu, Tatale/Sanguli, Tamale Metropolis, Moin, Walewale and Bunkpurugu/Yunyoo districts. In all, about 25,000 people have been affected and are currently sheltering with friends and relatives.