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12 Jun 2016 description

COTONOU, June 11 (Reuters) - Benin stepped up security patrols and roadblocks and increased border security on Saturday in the face of a threat from Islamist militants, the army chief of staff and a senior security official said.

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25 Sep 2011 description

24 Sep 2011 10:07 Source: Reuters // Reuters

Men work in a mill producing maize in Adjame, Abidjan July 25, 2011. REUTERS/ Thierry Gouegnon

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The Group of 20 will back the creation of an emergency food reserve in West Africa to avert the risk of future shortages in the world's poorest region, French Cooperation Minister Henri de Raincourt said on Friday.

19 Oct 2010 description

19 Oct 2010 16:28:32 GMT

Source: Reuters

COTONOU, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Weeks of flooding in the West African state of Benin have killed around 60 people and forced 120,000 to flee their homes, authorities said on Tuesday.

Food production was also badly hit by the floods, they said.

"With the most recent cases inland and with the cases of cholera, we have already reached around 60," Interior Ministry spokesman Franck Kinninvo said of the rainy season flooding of Benin's main rivers that started last month.

Seven people have died out of a total 800 cases of …

13 Aug 2009 description

FREETOWN, Aug 13 (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed and 15 injured when homes collapsed in a landslide in heavy rain in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Thursday, police said.

Rescue teams were searching for bodies beneath mud, stones and rubble from three hillside houses that collapsed, police official Ibrahima Samura told Reuters.

"The victims were asleep when they were trapped by the landslide," he said.

Flooding has left at least 300 people homeless, police said.

Since the start of the rainy season in June, floods and landslides have killed dozens …

07 Jul 2009 description

COTONOU, July 7 (Reuters) - Benin has declared a state of emergency and called for international humanitarian aid after floods hit the south of the West African country.

The government estimates that some 2,000 families have already been displaced by flooding caused by heavy rains and it appealed late on Monday for immediate help to prevent the imminent spread of epidemics.

The West African region has experienced heavy seasonal flooding in the past few years and about 200,000 people were displaced when their houses were destroyed by similar floods in Benin last year.

"There …