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Jun 10, 2015

Accra Floods: Support from Togo, Senegal, et al “heartwarming” – Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama has expressed appreciation to world leaders who have reached out to Ghana following the June 3 flood and fire disaster, saying their gesture has been heartwarming.

Many African leaders including Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe and recently sworn-in president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari have reached out to the nation, expressing sorrow over the loss of lives.

Two days after the devastating event, Gnassingbe joined President Mahama to visit some of the worst affected areas whilst Buhari in a statement described the incident as “painful and regrettable.”

Senegal and Cote d'lvoire also extended a helping hand as they presented relief and medical consignments to government

Making reference to these instances, at the one week memorial service for the victims held at the forecourt of the State House, President Mahama said the country is grateful for the support.

“Over the course of the past days, I received numerous calls and messages of condolence and pledges of assistance from nations throughout the world, including the majority of our African sister nations.

“The Togo - Cote D’voire delegation announced their donation 50,000 dollars and four tanks of medical supplies. The president of Senegal also dispatched a special envoy to console with us and made an offering of a $150,000,” the president announced.

“This is especially heartwarming considering that these are nations that have recently suffered their own losses and are still facing their own great challenges and yet are willing to sacrifice what little they do have to stand with us in solidarity in our time of need”.

The president also lauded the doctors, nurses and medical workers “who have tirelessly received the dead with respect and honour and tend to the wounded with great care,” promising “government will continue to bear the cost of their treatment”. – StarrFMonline