Govt. set for Sierra Leone with $1m supplies for disaster victims

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia is expected to lead a government delegation to Sierra Leone where a tragic natural disaster has left about 400 dead and more than 600 displaced.

A statement from the Information Ministry said the Vice President will leave Accra on Saturday to present relief items which government says is valued at $1million.

The items include food, medicines, clothes and logistics for temporary shelters.

The move comes five days after a tragedy left the nation in mourning when rains on Monday triggered flooding and mudslide.

Other West African countries have been sending relief items to the beleaguered nation after its President, Ernest Bai Koroma made a desperate call for help.

Cote d’Ivoire is sending a plane full of drugs and medical equipment and the Minister of Health of that country is leading the delegation.

Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe and Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has donated $500,000 to President Koroma during his visit to the country on Thursday.

Senegal has donated $100,000. The biggest donor in terms of cash, has been China, offering a million dollars for disaster relief including aid workers to offer medical help to injured victims.

The West Africa Health Organisation, WAHO, the Health Institution of the regional bloc ECOWAS, is donating a sum of 300,000 dollars to the government of Sierra Leone. Facing the threat of disease, people in Sierra Leone on Wednesday began burying hundreds of victims of a mudslide.

Source: Joyonline