Torrential rains in the Upper East region of Ghana occurred from the 2nd to the 15th of October 2019. The continuous rains led to flooding in all the fifteen (15) administrative districts/municipalities which resulted in the collapse of buildings, deaths and displacement of a sizeable percentage of the population . The most affected districts were; Builsa North, Kassena Nankana Municipal, Bongo, Kassena Nankana West, Builsa South, Tempane and Talensi .
CARE International in Ghana, collaborated with government agencies namely National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Information Service Department in the region to respond to the emergency. Key interventions implemented as part of the emergency response were the distribution of food and non-food relief items, cash disbursements, Covid-19 risk communication to victims in four worst affected districts.
The districts are; Bongo, Talensi Builsa North and Kassena Nankana Municipal. The relief items included; rice, oil, gari, sugar, Winimix, maize, beans, fish aqua tabs, sanitary pads, buckets bar soap and cloth. Additionally, cash to the tune of GHC 814.00 per flood affected household was disbursed through mobile money system and physical distribution to a total of 700 flood victims across the four districts in three tranches. The cash transfers were meant to enable beneficiaries rebuild after the disaster.
The response spanned from October 2019 to July 2020. Following the incidence of Covid-19 in the country, the country office integrated Covid-19 response in the implementation of the project. CARE collaborated with GHS, NCCE and ISD to create awareness and increase the knowledge of community members on COVID-19 and facilitated safe physical cash disbursement sessions in adherence to Covid-19 prevention protocols.
Following the completion of activities of the project, the country office carried out an After Action Review (AAR) of the response to capture learning from the response in order to strengthen emergency preparedness and improve CARE Ghana’s operational procedures and policies.