Poor neighborhood razed in flood project
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.