Floods have killed at least five people and displaced 100,000 around the cocoa producing Eastern region of Ghana, submerging homes and destroying farms as well as roads, emergency officials said on Monday, July 25. The Eastern region produces about 10 percent of the West African nation’s cocoa output.
Several hundred people in the worst-hit Atiwa district were displaced as a major river in the area broke its banks, said Ransford Boakye, local manager of the national disaster committee. Some families were rescued from rooftops and trees where they had taken refuge following four days of heavy rain late last week.
Seasonal rains in Ghana tend to peak in June and last till August, and it often cause deadly floods. Last year, floods killed 24 people around Accra, the capital.
Ghana is the world’s second biggest producer of cocoa after Ivory Coast and Africa’s second largest gold producer.