The District Chief Executive (DCE) of the Wassa East District in the Western Region, Wilson Arthur, has gone to the aid of flood victims of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Prato Electoral Area where over 500 residents have been displaced by rains resulting in the overflowing of the banks of the River Pra.
The DCE of the Wassa East District disclosed to EMPIRE FM online that he got wind of the situation through a WhatsApp platform when the assembly member of the area, Daniel Kevor put out pictures of the situation thereby making him alert the National Disaster Management Organisation for support.
Scenes from Flood.
“It is awesome, it is troubling, and you would not wish this to happen to anybody. First focus will be to find a solution so it does not happen again and will immediately make arrangements for teachers give them additional tuition to make up for time lost in the 3rd term and also ensure the planting of food and jobs to make up for the lost livelihood.” said the Wassa East DCE.
Speaking on the voting pattern of the area and if it will influence his assistance to the people, the Wassa East DCE said it is in his nature to be helpful and it is a humanitarian challenge that he is responding to; “We go into politics for political power and once I have the political power am here to do good to my people despite their voting patterns. As we are not in campaign mood despite this being the worst area in terms of voting for the New Patriotic Party am sure this will change.” He added.
The Wassa East DCE commended the Western Regional NADMO director Abdul Ganyiu for the swift response.
The Regional NADMO director cautioned those affected by flood waters to always ensure to move to higher grounds in the event of floods. He said in order to forestall cholera outbreak and eater borne diseases, NADMO is providing affected persons with bucket, cups, potable water and mosquito nets as well as mattresses.
The Assembly member of the Prato Electoral Area said most of the footpaths leading to school of the children of Kwekukyie a community where most of the school children come from have been taken over by the floodwaters. He added that their cassava, maize farms have all been destroyed by the flood waters and requested that some have to be relocated. He said the last time a flood of a sort happened was in 1968.
Meanwhile the affected persons are putting up in the meantime at the Prato D/A primary school building which itself is a mud house and not in too good a condition.