About 40,000 people in and near Accra are still affected by floods that swept coastal Ghana in late June, a senior official of Ghana's National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) told IRIN on Friday.

Five people are reported dead and some 139,000 others have been affected by flooding and waterlogged conditions caused by recent downpours in Ghanaian coastal towns, including the capital Accra, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday. The southern districts of Adoagyir, Nsawam, Zongo, and the Odaw Channel have been the worst affected by the flooding, OCHA said.

Ghana has expressed readiness to send its troops as part of the "international protection force" to monitor peace in Burundi, Ghanaian defence minister, Kufuor Kwame, told journalists in Bujumbura on Wednesday. The country would send the troops "if the situation stabilised," Rwandan radio quoted him as saying.

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Seven people have been reported dead and about 25 were seriously injured following severe flooding in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, Accra Regional Police Commander Kwame Marfo said on Thursday. Damage to property and infrastructure has been estimated at about seven billion cedi (US $ 1million). Over 5,000 people are reportedly homeless.