Ghana’s support to Sierra Leone -The government of Sierra Leone has expressed her immense gratitude to Ghana for its support following the mudslide that killed about 400 people and displaced thousands.
Not less than 300 people were killed and thousands rendered homeless after a massive mudslide rocked Regent, a mountainous town in the Western rural of Sierra Leone on August 13, 2017.
Ghana’s Support to Sierra Leone
A few days ago, the Ghanaian government flew some relief items estimated at $1 million to the country to help some victims of Monday’s mudslide.
The items consisted of food, medicines, clothing, and logistics. It was also reported that the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) sent a technical team together with some volunteers to Sierra Leone to help with the rescue mission.
Seji Saji, the Deputy Director-General, Technical and Reforms at NADMO said that the epidemic and disease department of the outfit sent some of its staff to the place of the disaster to help out with aid and rescue.
Sierra Leone Thanks Ghana
Speaking at the presentation of relief items to her country, the country’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh, who was fighting back the tears, said her country was overwhelmed by Ghana’s support to Sierra Leone.
On behalf of the President, Dr. Ernest Koroma, the government and people of Sierra Leone, thank you all very much for this assistance you have given us at a time like this, by not only expressing your condolences but to be here at this moment to assist us in every way possible
She pointed out how Ghana has shown support to the country in times of mishaps and despair, in the past. The ambassador was referring to Ghana’s unparalleled support during the Ebola crisis and fire disasters which besieged the country in the past.
Government reaction to Sierra Leone disaster slow and uninspiring – Ablakwa
The government of Ghana had received backlash from political stakeholders for its rather low response on the issue.
Personalities like former President John Mahama, MP for North Tongu Sam Okudjeto Ablakwa and others, chastised the government over what was described as an uninspiring and slow response to Sierra Leone in their mudslide and flooding disaster.
At the maiden Volta Parliamentary outreach organized by the Governance Department of the Evangelical Presbyterian University in Ho, Mr Okudjeto said military personnel should have been sent on a rescue mission and not the issuance of statements, which he said, “offered no hope.”
But there is the assumption that government would do more for the people.
Burials For Mudslide Victims held
The government of Sierra Leone held a mass burial for almost half of the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding.
The burials was held people who had already been identified or whose bodies were badly decomposed. More bodies which are yet to be identified but decomposing have also been buried alongside the hundreds.