Poor neigh­bor­hood razed in flood pro­ject

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD - — Reuters

Bull­doz­ers razed hun­dreds of homes and busi­nesses in the im­pov­er­ished Sodom and Go­mor­rah neigh­bor­hood of Ghana’s cap­i­tal, Ac­cra, on Satur­day so author­i­ties can start widen­ing a la­goon to pre­vent a re­peat of this month’s deadly floods.

Some res­i­dents said se­cu­rity forces sprayed them with tear gas af­ter they threw stones to pro­tect their liveli­hoods from the bull­doz­ers. By evening, thou­sands were stranded in the rain amid rub­ble and house­hold goods that had been strewn for more than a mile.

Flood con­trol has be­come an ur­gent prob­lem for Pres­i­dent John Ma­hama’s gov­ern­ment since more than 50 peo­ple drowned in tor­rents caused by blocked drains three weeks ago. The same night, 96 peo­ple shel­ter­ing at a down­town gas sta­tion died when it ex­ploded.

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