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Deadly downpours cause widespread flooding in southern Ghana

DEADLY FLOODS: Downpours have caused widespread flooding in southern Ghana

SIX DAYS of heavy and steady rain has left at least 10 people dead in the south of Ghana.

The streets of Accra, the country's capital, have been left under water after the torrential downpours caused widespread flooding earlier this week.

The nation's capital was hit bit 185mm of rain on Sunday (Jun 12), which is more than they would expect for the entire month of June, Al Jazeera reported.

This is the wettest month of the year with an average rainfall of 178mm.

"In all we have 10 to 12 who lost their lives during this rainy season," National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) regional coordinator Sandy Amartey said.

"We have two women and an eight-year-old girl who were walking and a wall fell on them and they died," he added.

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

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

Heavy downpours were also recorded 150km to the west of Accra in the Central Regional capital, Cape Coast where 10 people died in floods, Sandy Amartey, regional coordinator of the National Disaster Management organisation, told AFP.

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

The rainy season is not expected to ease significantly until early July.

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