Flooding Displaces Tens of Thousands in Four West African Countries

Flooding caused by heavy seasonal rains has displaced almost 70,000 people in four West African countries. Niger is the worst-affected with more than 46,000 people displaced, followed by Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Guinea. Guinea’s eastern province of Kindia, about 135 km north of the capital, Conakry, has seen the worst flooding in 50 years. The flooding in the affected countries has led to outbreaks of cholera, with a number of deaths reported. UN Agencies warn of a high risk of epidemics such as malaria, cholera, diarrhea, and respiratory infections due to the stagnant water.