Wednesday, October 20, 2010 7:27:47 PM
At least 60 people in Benin have already died either by drowning or the collapse of homes, and a cholera outbreak has added to the misery, with 800 cases so far counted across Benin. The floods have forced 120 000 to flee their homes. Cotonou, the economic capital, is low-lying and deals with yearly flooding. The Oueme river often overflows, typically affecting thousands of people. An increasing number of people have moved into floodplains, exacerbating the problem. Farms have also been ruined - around 25 000 ha of land accounting for 40% of the country’s production of rice, maize, millet and other staples has also been destroyed. - meaning that the flooding may affect the food supply.
Benin is one out of several West African countries that I have visited, and I would certainly like to revisit it, but not in the rainy season (I have witnessed the start of that season when it one day suddenly started to pour down, earlier than I had expected and planned for).