Posted by: africanpressorganization | 20 August 2008

WEST AFRICA / DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL

 


West Africa / Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General

 

NEW YORK, USA, August 20, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Rising flood waters across West Africa are increasing health risks for millions of people, the World Health Organization said today.  WHO also said that the floods are exacerbating the impact of the food price crisis.  It appealed for international aid to help curb the risk of malaria, diarrhoea and other potentially fatal communicable diseases.

 

Flooding has caused widespread damage to bridges, roads, railway lines and other infrastructure vital for delivering health services and humanitarian supplies.  Seasonal rains have also caused damage in Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  And Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Togo have also been affected and need urgent assistance.

 

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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