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World Bank intervenes with $200m for Accra floods

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The World Bank Board of Executives Directors today , approved $200 million for the Greater Accra Region (GAR) in Ghana.

The beneficiaries are Over 2.5 million people in the Odaw River Basin of the Greater Accra Region (GAR) .

They will benefit from improved flood risk management, solid waste management and improved access to basic infrastructure and services in targeted communities of the GAR, under the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) project.

The GARID project focuses on the Odaw river basin in the first phase and will be expanded to other priority basins within the GAR in subsequent phases, supporting a gradual improvement of integrated flood risk management.

The GARID project is said toalso bring trans-formative changes in the GAR.

The Odaw River Basin with characteristics of high flood risk, population, and business density ,it is said to be the entry point of the intervention for the first phase .

It will indirectly benefit the entire 4.6 million population of the GAR through improvements in flood warning and response system, and solid waste management capacity improvements.

The World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone Henry Kerali, said “Enhancing infrastructure investment is critical to achieving the World Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity, as well as increasing the resilience of African cities. It will also help address climate vulnerability and inequality by focusing investments on poor neighborhoods in targeted informal settlements, which are at a higher risk of flooding” .

The residents of Accra, especially flood prone low-income communities, will greatly benefit from comprehensive infrastructure and services improvements.

The interventions under the project are complementary to and integrated with the existing Government, World Bank, and development partners’ operations and technical assistance in the GAR, including the World Bank funded GAMA Sanitation and Water Project and the Land Administration Project 2.

 In addition, the Netherlands government is providing technical assistance on state of the art, performance-based dredging in the Odaw River Basin.

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