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Unusually Heavy Rains In Senegal Expose Big Gap In $1.4 Billion Flood Plan

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Unusually Heavy Rains In Senegal Expose Big Gap In $1.4 Billion Flood Plan

More than two weeks after heavy rains hit Senegal, residents are asking what happened to an almost one and a half billion dollars government plan to protect citizens from rising flood risk. Streets in the capital Dakar’s suburbs are reported filled with stagnant water.

Thousands of residents were affected when three months’ worth of rain fell earlier this month, forcing more than thirty-two hundred persons to abandon their homes in the poor, low-lying outskirts of the capital and nearby region of Thies.

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Many stricken residents likened their situation to more widespread floods in 2009 and 2012, crises which the authorities promised would be averted in the future through its nearly one and a half billion dollars 2012-2022 flood management program.

The international red cross figure shows the latest deluge critically impacted nearly seventeen thousand persons. Civil society groups and opposition leaders are now asking what happened to that plan which included improving stormwater drainage – a priority in many west African countries, where seasonal floods are proving increasingly destructive because of rapid urbanization in flood-prone areas and more intense rainfall.

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President Macky Sall says the government would soon provide an update on the plan and efforts to source funding for its completion. Some goals have been achieved. A $73 million stormwater management project, financed mainly by the world bank, built over 50 kilometres of canals and 21 basins.

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The World Bank says this and other measures have protected 167,000 persons from flooding.

A 2018 paper in the journal of flood risk management says, floods in west Africa, partly due to extreme weather events, have increased from fewer than two per year on average before the 1990s to over eight per year during the 2000s.

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Police Arrest 100 Over Angola Anti-Government Demos

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Police Arrest 100 Over Angola Anti-Government Demos

At least 100 protesters have been arrested in Angola following what is described as violent anti-government demonstrations in the nation`s capital Luanda over the weekend.

Interior ministry secretary, Salvador Rodrigues, said on state television, one hundred three persons, including political party leaders, were arrested and detained.

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Protesters took to the streets to demand jobs and better living conditions. They are also demanding a new date for local government elections that were due this year, but put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Angolan authorities accused protesters of being violent – throwing stones, burning tires and damaging a fire engine. The protesters have been charged for arson and rioting, among other.

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In a statement on Sunday, main opposition party, Unita, alleged police use of excessive force and demanded “unconditional release” of all persons arrested.

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Russia Sends More Military Equipment To Central African Republic – RIA

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Russia Sends More Military Equipment To Central African Republic - RIA

Russia has opened a representative office in the Central African Republic, C.A.R., and has donated ten armoured vehicles to the country.

Moscow has been solidifying its presence in the C.A.R. in recent years, sending weapons, contractors and political advisors, and has been growing its role on the continent overall as part of a renewed push for global prestige.

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The RIA news agency cited the Russian ambassador as saying on Saturday that five members of the Russian military had arrived in Bangui, C.A.R.’s capital, on Saturday, led by senior military officer – Oleg Polguev who will head up the Russian defence ministry’s representative office in the country.

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The African nation has asked for Russia`s help in lifting an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations.

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Guinea President Alpha Condé Wins Controversial Third Term

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Guinea President Alpha Condé Wins Controversial Third Term

Guinea`s incumbent president, Alpha Conde, has won re-election. A full preliminary tally from the election commission released on Saturday shows Conde won the October eighteenth poll with nearly sixty percent of the vote.

The 82-year-old Conde`s victory, once confirmed by the constitutional court, will give him a third term in office. The opposition had said the president had no right to participate in the election, but Conde says a constitutional referendum in march reset his two-term limit. Opponents say he is breaking the law by holding on to power.

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Results showing conde`s lead has sparked street protests in opposition strongholds leading to at least 17 deaths. Gunfire rang out across Guinea’s capital, Conakry, on Friday as security forces dispersed protesters and soldiers patrolled the streets in trucks.

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Former prime minister, Cellou Dalein Diallo, Conde’s nearest rival with thirty-three and a half percent of the vote, said he has evidence of fraud and plans to file a complaint with the constitutional court.

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