Mauritanian floods kill child, cause wide damage: report
A girl was swept away by flood waters and drowned in the mountain town of Aioun, 800 kilometres (500 miles) east of Nouakchott, where houses were damaged by rain that reached 130 millimetres (more than five inches) in 24 hours.
Two major bridges on the road between Nouakchott and Kiffa in the centre of the country were downed, closing the only highway between the east and the west of the nation on the western edge of the Sahara.
Also in the centre, the town of Boumdeid remained threatened by streams and dozens of houses and shops were abandoned by their owners, AMI reported.
In several other parts of the country, notably the Aftout region of the central south, dikes and other barriers gave way, putting local villages at risk.
Residents of Nouakchott woke to heavy rain Monday and the downpour was relentless, complicating traffic in a capital without sewers and where entire districts are liable to flooding, an AFP correspondent reported.
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