Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Northern Ghana floods kill 17

An official for Ghana's emergency management has said that the flooding in the northern part of the country has killed 17 people in two weeks, after dams in neighbouring Burkina Faso released water into streams of the Volta River.

Most of the casualties were trying to use canoes to reach flooded farmland in order to harvest their crops, which caused the canoes to capsize due to overloading, said a spokesman for the Accra based National Disaster Management Organization, Nicholas Mensah.

Water from the Burkina Faso dams was released on 20th August after heavy rain filled their reservoirs to capacity, and then subsequently on 2nd September thus causing heavy flooding which has also been attributed to recent rainstorms in the northern part of the country.

Source: Bloomberg

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