Ghana destroys hundreds of homes in capital in bid to prevent floods

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Security forces watch as residents burn dwellings in an impoverished neighborhood in Accra

By Matthew Mpoke Bigg ACCRA (Reuters) – Bulldozers razed hundreds of homes and businesses in the poor Sodom and Gomorrah neighborhood of Ghana’s capital on Saturday so the authorities can start widening a lagoon to prevent a repeat of this month’s deadly floods. “What they have done is not good for us because this is where some of us work and take care of our families,” said scrap metal merchant Muhammed Abdul Karim as he surveyed the wreckage of his shack and the motorized tricycle he uses to haul iron. Flood control has become an urgent problem for President John …read more