Ghana Sends Military to Capital as Roads Flooded, Power Cut

The Ghanaian military and police began rescuing people in the capital after floods cut access to major roads and knocked power out to most of the coastal city.

Most of Accra, a city of about 4 million people, was dark Wednesday night after 6 hours of rain, Citi FM reported, citing Regional Minister Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo.

The capital of the world’s second-largest cocoa producer struggles with floods every year because of a lack of drainage canals and sewers to divert rainwater. Standing pools of water have led to regular outbreaks of waterborne diseases, including cholera. The city reported the most cholera cases in more than 20 years last year.

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