Benin suffers beneath flood waters

Wednesday 27th Oct 2010 by theWeather Club

The West African nation of Benin has been hit by its worst floods since 1963.

A degree of seasonal flooding is commonplace in Benin, but this year the country has been hit by double the expected rainfall. Areas not usually vulnerable to flooding have been inundated, and the country's food production capacity has been severely affected, with up to 40 per cent of the maize and rice crops destroyed.

The floods are causing serious health problems, with thousands of people made homeless and the number of recorded cholera increasing dramatically as the flood waters continue to rise.

The UN is preparing an appeal for international aid.