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Two-thirds of Benin under water: UN agency

Around 76,000 square kilometers,an area bigger than Ireland,has been affected by severe flooding.

Two-thirds of the Western African state of Benin is under water,the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

Around 76,000 square kilometers,an area bigger than Ireland,has been affected by severe flooding,which has also hit Chad,northern Cameroon,Niger and Nigeria,affecting 1.5 million people in the region,it said on Tuesday.

In Benin,the country hardest hit by the floods,100,000 people have been left homeless,55,000 houses have been flooded and at least 43 people have died,the UN agency said.

It said it was concerned about a cholera outbreak in Benin, with 800 cases already reported across the country and more expected due to the floods.

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The United Nations has unblocked $8 million to provide emergency shelter,and food,medical and other humanitarian supplies,and an international appeal is in preparation,it added.

First published on: 20-10-2010 at 12:44:59 pm
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