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01 Nov 2010 description

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has announced that it will be sending emergency supplies to Benin to help victims of unusually heavy rains and floods in the West African state.

Blankets, tents, plastic sheeting and sleeping pads were being airlifted from Johannesburg to the Benin capital of Cotonou as soon as possible.

Benin is hit annually by heavy rains and floods, but this year the rainfall was 2 =BD times heavier than during the same period last year.

At least 46 persons were reported dead, 680,000 others were affected, 55,000 homes were damaged along with …