An emergency relief intervention program to assist disaster victims in the country has been established by President George Weah, a release from the Ministry of Information on Monday said.
The establishment of the relief program comes in the wake of a series of disasters that have occurred in Montserrado and its environs of recent. More than 6,750 households in over 47 communities are expected to benefit from the program.
Dubbed “Presidential Disaster Response Program,” the program will work under the auspices of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) to help protect against disasters that affect public health and safety while reducing poverty in line with the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
According to the government, the first phase of the program’s work will focus on affected communities in the Montserrado area and cater to a range of tragedies, including those affected by coastal erosion, flash flood, river flood, and windstorm.
“Beneficiaries will receive cash transfers for rent and business grants in cases of victims whose homes were completely damaged. The grants will help bring relief to affected businesses. Others will also be given mattresses, zinc, nail, rice, clothing, death subsidies, amongst of host of items,” the release said.
The release also added that families of the five people that died on the 18th street following heavy rains are expected to receive death benefits totaling US$5,000. The new scheme is a demonstration of the Weah-led administration’s concern for the plight of ordinary people during this difficult period.
The program kicks off with a distribution of the listed items in New Kru Town, one of the targeted communities, this Monday, July 13, 2020. Other areas to form part of the first phase are West Point and 18th Street (wisdom community). Over 117 houses, 566 households, and 2,830 people from the three communities will benefit from the program.