Heavy rain kills 40+ in W Africa

2010-07-08 08:33

Dakar - At least 42 people died due to heavy rainfall in West Africa in June, with 31 deaths in Ghana alone, the UN said on Wednesday.

"During the month of June, heavy rainfall caused devastating floods in several states," the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) said in a bulletin for June.

In Ghana, 31 people have been confirmed dead and more than 25 000 affected by the rainfall, which has damaged schools, bridges, roads and houses, the agency said.

The agency said more than in total 35 000 people had been affected in the region, leaving vulnerable groups at risk of food shortages.

Eight people died in Ivory Coast and three in Togo.

The rainy season began in May, causing downpours in Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia, Niger and Togo, the agency said.