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Benin hopes for less destruction from floods - official

Source(s):  Thomson Reuters Foundation, (TRF)

According to George Fominyen who writes for AlertNet, Benin is taking steps to ensure there is less devastation from seasonal floods this year as rainfall forecasts suggest the country is at high risk of flooding between now and October.

Eugene Hountondji, who is in charge of disaster management in the interior ministry, said disaster management authorities have urged mayors to prevent people from building on waterways and exits. They have also been asked to supervise the construction of houses to ensure there are solid foundations and walls as part of risk-reduction schemes developed with international aid agencies.

  • Publication date 04 Aug 2011

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