Statement from 100RC President Michael Berkowitz on the Flooding and Explosion in Accra

Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) today released the following statement regarding last night’s serious flooding and explosion in Accra, Ghana.  Mr. Berkowitz is currently in Accra, attending the World Summit of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and of African Descent.

“On behalf of 100 Resilient Cities and the members of the 100RC network around the world, we would like to express our support and deep condolences to those impacted by the recent tragedy in Accra, Ghana.

“We have spent a great deal of time in Accra, and we know what a vibrant place it is and how resilient the people who live there are.  We are committed to continuing our partnership with leaders and communities on the ground to build a more resilient city.  We are confident that the flooding and tragic explosion of last night will not come to define the city of Accra – it will instead be defined by seizing the opportunity to build urban resilience in the wake of this tragedy and working to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

“This morning I conveyed my personal condolences to Mayor Alfred Vanderpuije, and expressed my sorrow for those lost.”