Impact of Benin flood grows: UNHCR

21:34, October 22, 2010      

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Flooding in the African nation of Benin caused by abnormal seasonal heavy rains is affecting some 680,000 people and the situation is worsening, the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Friday.

UNHCR is planning to begin an emergency airlift to Benin in the coming days and deliver 3,000 tents and disaster-relief stocks. Additional staff will also be sent to the flooded area, according to a press conference here.

UNHCR is concerned about the rising number of people affected by the flood, as heavy rains are continuing in the flood area.

The seasonal heavy rains, which normally last until November, have hit West Africa for several months. However, the amount of rain is beyond normal for the region, particularly in Benin this year. It is reported that 55 out of the country's 77 districts have been hit by floods.

Source: Xinhua


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