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Death toll in Ghana's floods rises to 24

06-22-2010 17:14 BJT

ACCRA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in Sunday's torrential rains and floods that followed has risen to 24 following the discovery of 13 more bodies, 12 at Agona Swedru, a town 85 kilometres west of here, and one in the Volta region.

The worst affected structures were school buildings and a portion of a sports stadium in Agona Swedru, Frank Abban, an assembly member from the area, told the media here later on Monday.

Appealing the government to provide reliefs and shelters for the effected residents, Abban said that about 1,000 houses have been destroyed by the rains which started at 1230 GMT and lasted for 5 hours on Sunday.

Earlier, officials of Ghana's National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) told the media that workers of the relief agency had retrieved 11 bodies in Tema, a port city 30 kilometers east of here.

The 10-hour downpour destroyed properties worth millions of U. S. dollars while thousands of residents had been rendered homeless by the torrential rains as a number of houses were submerged in the low area of Tema.

A bridge linking Ghana and neighbouring Togo on the eastern corridor collapsed during the heavy downpour, cutting off travellers from the two West African countries.

Reports from the eastern, central and Volta regions of the country said that large envelop of land were under water with a number of communities cut off from the rest of the country, leaving travellers stranded.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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