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    EXTENSIVE FLOODING WEST OF ACCRA IN GHANA HAS MADE MORE THAN 3-THOUSAND PEOPLE HOMELESS. THE?

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    EXTENSIVE FLOODING WEST OF ACCRA IN GHANA HAS MADE MORE THAN 3-THOUSAND PEOPLE HOMELESS. THE OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL SO FAR STANDS AT FOUR. THE FLOODS ARE THE MOST TO HAVE HIT GHANA IN THE LAST FEW YEARS AND ONE DAY LAST WEEK, ACCRA REGISTERED RAINFALL OF FIVE INCHES.

    ARMY RELIEF TEAMS AND HELICOPTERS HAVE BEEN IN ACTION TO HELP THE HOMELESS PEOPLE. MANY VILLAGERS WERE ONLY ABLE TO TAKE THEIR PERSONAL POSSESSIONS AND ESCAPE BY CANOE FROM THE RISING WATERS. THE WORST FLOODED AREAS ARE AROUND SIX VILLAGES ABOUT TEN MILES FROM ACCRA. SOME 350 HOUSES AT ONE VILLAGE ARE SUBMERGED AND ITS POPULATION OF 2-THOUSAND HAS BEEN EVACUATED.

    THE FOUR PEOPLE WHO DIED WERE A FULLY WHOSE ARE PLUNGED INTO THE SWOLLEN DENSU RIVER WHERE A ROAD BRIDGE HAD BEEN WASHED AWAY. THE BODIES OF THE MOTHER AND FATHER WERE RECOVERED FROM THE CAR BUT IT IS THOUGHT THAT THE TWO CHILDREN WERE CARRIED SEAWARDS.

    A WATER TREATMENT PLANT WHICH PROVIDES NINE MILLION GALLONS A DAY TO ACCRA WAS WASHED AWAY WHEN A DAM BURST ITS BANKS. AS WELL AS COPING WITH THE EVACUEES, THE GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT IS HAVING TROUBLE WITH CATTLE RUSTLERS. APPARENTLY THE CANOE-BORNE THIEVES HAVE BEEN PADDLING INTO ABANDONED VILLAGES AND STEALING SHEEP AND GOATS. SO THE ACCRA ADMINISTRATION HAS PLACED POLICE GUARDS OVER THE VILLAGES TO PREVENT ANY MORE STEALING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAHB21EBO3MKTLP6JPSTF16GNZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAHB21EBO3MKTLP6JPSTF16GNZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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