In early June 2015, the Greater Accra region of Ghana experienced flooding due to torrential rains which led to the widespread destruction to property and livelihoods, caused the displacement of people from their homes, and 200 deaths.
According to rapid assessment figures (Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS)), up to 46,370 people were affected in five communities (Adabraka, Alajo, Aworshie, Lower McCarty Hill and Nima), 187 houses had been partially or totally destroyed as a result of the disaster. The Meteorological Services forecast indicated that more heavy rainstorms and rains were expected creating the fears that the situation could deteriorate even further.
It was also anticipated that continuous use of stagnant/ contaminated water as observed during initial assessments, would pose serious public health problems, especially given the country continues to be endemic to cholera and other waterborne diseases.
On 11 June 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) released CHF 108,115 from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Ghana Red Cross Society respond to the needs of 5,096 people with emergency relief, health care services, water, and sanitation and hygiene promotion, for a period of three months.
This DREF has been partially replenished by the Canadian Red Cross/Govt. and DG ECHO. The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Red Cross Societies and governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as well Emergency Plan of Action Final Report Ghana: Floods Distribution of NFIs to targeted families © GRCS. Hand washing demonstration by the RDRT © GRCS. as DG ECHO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) the Medtronic and Zurich Foundations and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the Ghana Red Cross Society would like to extend many thanks to all partners for their generous contributions.