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Senegal Activates Emergency Floods Aid Plan After Downpour

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Widespread floods in Senegal have caused president Macky Sall to launch an emergency aid plan after massive flooding caused by a seven-hour downpour, inflicted damage in most parts of the country.

One person was reported missing in the central region of Kaolack.

Water minister Serigne Mbaye Thiam said more rain fell on a single day on Saturday than the country would usually see during three months of the rainy season, authorities say, 124 millimetres of rain were registered.

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The floods have killed dozens and displaced thousands during the week across west Africa’s Sahel region.

On the outskirts of Dakar, Senegal on Sunday, children removed water from their flooded courtyard after heavy rains in the Ndiaga Mbaye district.

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Heavy rains have been recorded in the Sahel regions of west and central Africa in the past week including in Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and some parts of Nigeria leading to devastating floods that have killed dozens and displaced thousands of people. In Niger’s capital Niamey. Authorities said, a levee on the right bank of the Niger River burst on Sunday following heavy rains, forcing families in several neighbourhoods to evacuate.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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