DAKAR, 11 September 2009 (IRIN)
- Relentless rain in parts of West Africa has worsened flooding, leading
governments and aid agencies to step up emergency response efforts.
"It is not yet the end of the rainy
season so we do not know just how bad it will get, but we do know the situation
is already very serious," said Moustapha Diallo, spokesperson for
the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
(IFRC) West and Central Africa office.
Aid agencies estimate that between 400,000
and 600,000 people have been affected by flooding since the beginning of