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Death Toll Reaches 30 Following Ghana Floods


A man leaves his flooded house in Ashiaman, in the Greater Accra region, 21 June, 2010

A man leaves his flooded house in Ashiaman, in the Greater Accra region, 21 June, 2010

The death toll from flooding in Ghana has risen to at least 30, up from 23 on Monday.

Kofi Portuphy, coordinator of Ghana's disaster management organization, confirmed the new figure to reporters Tuesday.

Most of the flooding is in areas near the capital, Accra, and in central Ghana.

The deluge, caused by heavy rains, has swept away vehicles and destroyed homes, displacing hundreds of people.

Ghanaian officials are calling the floods the worst in recent memory.

West Africa's yearly rainy season often triggers heavy floods. In 2009, flooding killed more than 100 people and displaced more than 2.5 million across eight countries.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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