OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Ghana - Floods
12 June 2002
This report summarises information received from the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Ghana.
1. At least 2,000 people in Ghana have been displaced by floods, caused by heavy rains in the capital, Accra, and in the second largest central city of Kumasi. Unconfirmed reports from the Greater Accra Regional office of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) indicate that the floods have caused four deaths and material damage.
2. The city of Accra recorded 123.3 millimeters of rain during a 10-hour downpour between the night of Sunday 9th June and the morning of Monday 10th June 2002, causing flooding in low-lying sections of the city. Families have been evacuated to higher ground through military intervention. Most affected suburbs of Accra are Mamprobi, Dansomnam, Okaishie and Adabraka.
3. Properties worth billions of Ghanaian Cedi (7,700 Cedi= 1 USD) were destroyed as a result of the floods. The floods, which rose to window level in some homes, carried away personal belongings including cars and kiosks.
4. Business enterprises and schools were not spared. Office equipment and wares in shops were damaged or destroyed in the process. Buildings were partly submerged in water while walls, bridges and culverts were washed away. Notable among these are schools, filling stations, lorry parks and factories.
5. The Meteorological Services Department has forescast that heavy rains should be expected during the months of June and July 2002.
6. The National Disaster Management Office (NADMO) will hold a coordination meeting today with the national relief actors, the UN Resident Coordinator's Office and the UN agencies to review the assessments made on the affected people's needs.
National and international response
7. The Government has not requested any international assistance.
8. So far, NADMO has provided 20 tents and a quantity of blankets to the victims of floods. Apart from these, no donations have been made and no pledges have been received. At the moment, staff of NADMO and other government agencies are assessing the full extent of the damage and related humanitarian needs of the victims. UN agencies are still monitoring the situation for an appropriate response.
9. The cause of the floods, as reported by the Ghanaian media, is attributed to the lack of adequate drainage facilities, flawed engineering works, poor physical planning, particularly buildings and other structures in waterways, choked and low-capacity drains. In response to solving the perennial problem in the city, donors have given USD 8,2 million.
10. The French government has donated USD 5 million for desilting, construction and restructuring of primary drains and pledged an additional USD 11 million for the same purpose. The World Bank has also given USD 3.2 million for the construction and restructuring of some primary drains in the city.
11. OCHA remains in close contact with UNDP Ghana and will revert with further information, as it becomes available.
12. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int
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