Roughly 20 people have died and up to 300,000 more have been left homeless as a result of heavy flooding in the north of the country. Northern, Upper East and Upper West are the regions worst hit by the torrential rainfall and flash floods. The government has declared the regions a disaster zone and set up an inter-ministerial task-force to provide assistance to the affected population.
In total over a million people across 17 countries are suffering the effects of persistent bad weather across west, central and east Africa, including residents of Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya. So far an estimated 250 have died in the flooding, which has also destroyed precious farmland and animals.