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Ivory Coast hit by flooding, cholera - UN

2011-06-21 22:35

Geneva -The United Nations says flooding around the Ivory Coast's commercial capital is threatening at least 27 646 people, and dozens of cholera cases have been reported.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Tuesday that UN, Red Cross and government officials are trying to find ways to relocate people from flooded homes in a dozen communities around Abidjan.

Spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said there is enormous need for new shelter and other items as her agency prepares to help up to 10 000 families, while authorities look for longer-term solutions.

Byrs - speaking in Geneva - said Ivory Coast health officials had confirmed 42 cases of cholera in the Koumassi district, including 10 cases in the past week.