One person has died after most parts of Ghana’s capital, Accra, flooded overnight following torrential rains on Monday.

Floodwaters destroyed several properties and makeshift structures on major roads.

Poor drainage and buildings erected on waterways mean many parts of the city are prone to flooding whenever it rains.

Ghanaian soldiers and staff from the National Disaster Management Organisation have been rescuing residents marooned by floodwaters.

Local media report that water levels rose to 4.5m in some parts.

Last year, the World Bank approved $200m (£158m) funding for a flood and solid waste management for communities in the Accra region. But not much has been done yet to end the perennial flooding.

Ghana’s meteorological agency, in a statement, said a rainstorm is expected on Tuesday.

About 100 people died five years ago in the city when a fuel station exploded as a result of floods.

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