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Two-Thirds of Benin Is Underwater

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Posted on Oct 24, 2010
AP / Salako Valentin

People board canoes in Cotonou, Benin’s largest city, in early October as water overwhelms a drainage canal.

The U.N. has begun flying tents into the West African country of Benin to shelter some of the hundreds of thousands of people chased from their homes by heavy flooding after months of heavy rains. Adding to the misery is an outbreak of cholera. —JCL

The BBC:

The UN refugee agency is to start an emergency airlift of tents to the West African nation of Benin this week, amid the worst flooding there in decades.

Some 3,000 tents will be flown in from Denmark to provide shelter for some of the estimated 680,000 people affected.

Two-thirds of Benin has suffered from months of heavy rain, and about 800 cases of cholera have been reported.

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By Anitra, October 20, 2011 at 4:34 am Link to this comment
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THX that’s a great asenwr!

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By Milly, October 20, 2011 at 4:33 am Link to this comment
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That’s 2 cvleer by half and 2x2 clever 4 me. Thanks!

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By PatrickHenry, October 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

RAE,

Alot of tents can be made for the cost of a 1000 lb bomb.

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By RAE, October 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment

It is not my intention to make light of what I’m sure is a terrible situation in Benin and the many other areas inundated in recent months but would it be too much trouble to ask that people perhaps anticipate and plan for heavy rains and rising sea levels BEFORE locating their homes and cities rather than to just stand there up to their necks in sewage and complain afterwards?

I mean, good grief. Rule #1 of building: always build on HIGH, DRY GROUND. Rule #2: Don’t build beneath a VOLCANO or BIG SLOPE of any kind. Rule #3: try to build a structure that won’t go up in flames at the slightest spark, and which won’t collapse at the slightest shake or high wind.

Just follow RAE’s Building Code and perhaps you might miss making international headlines every time Mother Nature has a fit.

In the meantime, who in blazes is making (a bundle) manufacturing the tens of thousands of TENTS that are being airlifted (free of charge) to all parts of the world? I want in on some of that action.

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By PatrickHenry, October 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment

I guess its time to move.

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