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Four weeks of heavy flooding have taken a damaging toll on countries in West and Central Africa, with hundreds of thousands of people displaced, several hundred killed, and homes and farmland swept away. According to the latest figures compiled by OCHA, the floods have affected over 800,000 people in 13 countries (Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, The Gambia, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Sierra Leone, Benin and Ghana). In its emergency response, UNICEF is focusing in particular on northern Ghana, northern Togo and parts of Burkina Faso because of the large numbers of already vulnerable children in those countries, but UNICEF and its humanitarian partners have also been assisting children and their families in Benin, Mali, Mauritania and Nigeria.
UNICEF West Africa Humanitarian Action Update 9 October 2007 [pdf]