Ghana flood toll rises to 30

2010-06-22 13:12

Accra - Torrential rains in southern Ghana have killed 30 people in some of the worst flooding in a decade, rescuers said on Tuesday after finding six more bodies.

"The death toll has rise from 24 to 30," Kofi Portuphy, co-ordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (Nadmo) said.

The six bodies were picked up in Greater Accra, one of the three regions hardest hit by the weekend flooding.

Minister of Roads and Highways Joe Gidisu described the floods as a "national crisis".

"Never in the last 15 years have we seen this kind flooding especially in the greater Accra region, where roads have been washed away and bridges collapsed, leading to loss of lives and property," Gidisu said.

Nadmo has offered shelter for several hundreds of displaced in Central region and the industrial port city of Tema.

"We are confronted with logistic challenges, we need outboard motors and other life saving equipment in order to work effectively, but as it is now we are handicapped," said Portuphy.

Three mainly southern regions, including the coastal capital Accra, are most affected by the floods, triggered by heavy rains that pounded the country on Sunday and cut off electricity and water supplies.