UN grants $3.7 million to help flood survivors in Mali, Ghana and Togo
The United Nations has allocated $3.7 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help ongoing relief efforts in Mali, Ghana and Togo which were struck recently by some of the worst floods West Africa has seen in decades.
The landmark Fund, launched in 2006 to make funds available quickly for relief operations, will provide $1 million to Mali, $2.5 million to Ghana and $225,770 to Togo.
The funds will support projects developed by UN agencies and their partners to help improve the living conditions of 125,000 people in the three countries.
“These floods have displaced thousands of homeless families, damaged farms and crops, destroyed houses and roads, and washed away cattle,” said Hervé Ludovic de Lys, Head of the West Africa Regional Office of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “With the funds allocated to Ghana, Togo and Mali, the most vulnerable will receive vital aid for three months.”
Just last week, the UN and its partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) launched a $10 million appeal to assist 75,000 flood victims in Ghana, one of the hardest hit countries with nearly 340,000 people affected.
The floods have affected some 800,000 people in 14 West African countries – Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Gambia, Liberia, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Guinea.