DAKAR, Sept 22, 2009 (AFP) - Flash
floods have claimed 187 lives and affected 635,273 people in west Africa
since the rainy season started in June, the UN Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs announced Tuesday.
The nation with the highest death toll,
including people struck by lightning, is Sierra Leone, with 103 people,
followed by Ghana (24), Mali (20), Ivory Coast (19), Burkina Faso (eight),
Niger (seven) and Senegal (six), the UN organisation said in a statement.
While the death toll in Senegal was low,