The government has taken steps to provide temporary accommodation for the victims of the Appiatse disaster by May 1 this year.
To realise this, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has commenced the roofing of temporary structures, handed over to it by the Future Global Resources Company Limited (FGR).
The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, assured the victims of relocating them to the temporary structures by May 1 when he visited the community to ascertain the impact of the recent heavy rainfall.
Mr Owusu-Bio, who is also the Chairman of the Appiatse Reconstruction Implementation Committee, said the committee foresaw that the victims would face challenges with the current makeshift accommodation and entered into talks with the FGR to provide it with a better alternative.
He disclosed that 31 buildings were being refurbished and would be completed in two weeks, adding that the buildings would be able to contain 110 family units with an average family size of four.
“Nevertheless, we will add more rooms if the need arises to ensure that everyone has a safe place of abode,” Mr Owusu-Bio said.
To the victims whose tents were damaged by the recent heavy rains, the Deputy Minister empathized with them and assured them of the government’s commitment to providing them with better accommodation by May 1.
The Appiatse disaster occurred on 20 January 2022 along the Bogoso-Bawdie road in the Western Region, due to an accident involving a truck conveying explosives for a mining company, a motorcycle and a third vehicle close to an electricity transformer, reducing the town of Appaitse to rubble, killing inhabitants and injuring scores.
Bala Ali, ISD