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Flooding in Ghana Kills 23

The death toll from flooding in Ghana has risen to at least 23.

Officials said Monday they fear the toll could rise as more information comes in from the worst hit areas.

The flooding, caused by heavy rains, destroyed homes and roads as people climbed to their roofs and into trees to stay above water level.

The capital Accra was among the affected areas.

West Africa's yearly rainy season often leads to deadly floods. In 2009, flooding killed more than 100 people and displaced more than 2.5 million others in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Benin, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.