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Severe Floods Hit 760,000 Persons West And Central Africa

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Severe Floods Hit 760,000 Persons West And Central Africa

Severe flooding in recent weeks are said to have hit at least 760,000 persons in parts of west and central Africa.

Latest figures from the united nations office for the Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) show Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Congo Republic and Senegal are among those worst-hit this year.  The report also says more than one hundred persons have been killed.

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Waters have yet to recede in parts of Niger’s capital, Niamey since torrential rains caused rivers to burst their banks in August, destroying nearly 32,000 houses and more than 5,700 hectares of farmland across the country.

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Floods are common during the rainy season, but in recent years climate change, land degradation and poor urban planning have led to more frequent disasters as rapidly-growing cities struggle with heavier-than-normal rainfall.

Flooding across landlocked Niger alone has so far impacted nearly 333,000 persons. More than 188,000 have been affected in neighbouring Chad.

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U.N OCHA director for west and central Africa, Julie Belanger, said further rains are expected, particularly in central Africa. The situation is expected to worsen. OCHA is warning of potential food shortages because of inundated land.

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Uganda ‘To Begin Human Trials’ Of COVID-19 Vaccine

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Uganda 'To Begin Human Trials' Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Uganda is set to start human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine starting in November as the country continues to fight against the pandemic.

The vaccine trials are a partnership exercise between Uganda’s Virus Research Institute and the United Kingdom’s Imperial College.

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Uganda has recorded more than 7,000 coronavirus cases and 75 fatalies so far.

According to BBC, Monica Musenero who is the head of a presidential taskforce on epidemics is quoted as saying the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans.

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She added that if successful, a second trial will involve about 100 to 200 persons followed by a final trial of between 1,000 and 3,000 persons.

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WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief

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WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief

Heavy seasonal rainfall, followed by devastating floods in South Sudan since June, have impacted more than 700,000 persons across the country. A large part of the nation is reported to be under water with the Nile River at its highest level in 50 years.

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South Sudan was already in a precarious situation due to food shortages from an overwhelming locust infestation and a health crisis from the global coronavirus pandemic.

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has been providing food assistance to more than half a million persons in South Sudan’s flood-affected areas as the threat of famine increases within the country.

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A flood-displaced victim from Mathiang village says rains have destroyed everything, including houses, cattle, crops and sources of livelihood.

WFP spokesperson, Peter Smerdon says they are already under pressure in South Sudan because of conflict, high levels of displacement and, the added burden from flooding.

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World Food Programme is now seeking to raise 58 million dollars to continue providing relief.

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