Floods leave 10 dead in Ghana

2016-06-16 17:23
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Accra - Four days of heavy and steady rain has left at least 10 people dead in the south of Ghana. The streets of Accra have been left under water after the torrential downpours caused widespread floods earlier this week.

The nation's capital was hit bit 185mm of rain on Sunday, which is more than they would expect for the entire month of June. This is the wettest month of the year with an average rainfall of 178mm.

Since the weekend a further 50mm of rain has fallen, exacerbating the severe problems already faced.

President John Dramani Mahama has surveyed the areas and was reported to have driven through several neighbourhoods on a motorcycle.

Heavy downpours of about 150km were also reported to the west of Accra in the central regional capital, Cape Coast where 10 people died, said national disaster management organisation regional co-ordinator Sandy Amartey.

"In all we have 10 to 12 who lost their lives during this rainy period."

The rains come too late to save the nations struggling coca crop and the region's Harmattan winds have been blamed for the likely poor yield.

The Harmattan is the cold, dry wind that blows across West Africa from the Sahara during the winter months. It does have a tendency to sap the moisture from the soil and can spoil the cocoa seeds.

The rains finally arrived in March. Since then they have been insufficiently light and patchy until recently.

This current spell of heavy showers is set to continue well into next week.


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