Past rainy seasons made 2 million victims in Africa - WB

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African Press Agency

The recent rainy seasons in Africa have affected “over two million people” due to floods and displaced over 500,000 others, the Director of Operations of the World Bank (WB) in Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo, and Guinea, Coralie Gevers has said.

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“In past weeks, there have been heavy rains in the region and for this last rainy season alone, there were more than two million disaster victims in Africa, there were also many deaths,” Ms. Coralie Gevers was speaking on Wednesday in Abidjan on the occasion of the Regional Conference themed ‘Understanding Risks in West and Central Africa.’

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[The conference] should allow, according to Ms. Gevers, the use of new technologies to accelerate the production process and transfer of solutions for disaster risk, and facilitate both the communication and interpretation of inventions on cartography. 

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Today, 31 percent of the West African population lives on the coastline, which contributes to “56 percent of the gross domestic product” of these countries. According to World Bank studies, “every year, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Benin lose US$3.8 billion (2,253 billion CFA francs).”

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