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By Lisa Schlein
Geneva, 31 July 2008 - A senior U.N. official says heavy trafficking of narcotics through West Africa into Europe is threatening the lives, livelihoods and stability of the region. The official says the problem of drug trafficking is competing with humanitarian and developmental issues in west African countries suffering from heavy flooding. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from Geneva.
By Joe De Capua
Washington - 04 September 2007 -- Humanitarian officials say severe flooding in West Africa has left thousands of people homeless, damaged roads and destroyed crops.
The hardest hit areas are in include Mauritania, Togo, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Liberia, The Gambia, Ivory Coast and Senegal. More than 80 people are reported dead.
Hans Ebbing is the regional health coordinator for West Africa for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.