At least 24 die in Ghana floods

ACCRA (Reuters) - Flooding caused by heavy rains killed at least 24 people, destroying homes and washing out roads, emergency officials in the West African country said on Monday.

Eleven bodies were found in around the capital Accra and another 13 elsewhere in the country, said Kofi Portuphy, coordinator of the National Disaster Committee.

Many others were feared dead as search and rescue crews continued getting reports of missing people following two days of downpours, He said.

Police in Accra said some residents climbed trees as their homes were swept away.

Seasonal rains in West Arica, which tend to start in June and last until October, often cause deadly floods.

Ghana is one of the region’s top economies, the world’s second biggest supplier of cocoa and Africa’s second largest gold miner.

Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo; Editing by Richard Valdmanis