Africa has been inundated with floods from its eastern coastal region to the western nations, 17 countries so far, leading the U.N. to call on relief organizations to help the beleaguered continent:
Across Africa, torrential downpours and flash floods have submerged whole towns and washed away bridges, farms and schools. More than a million people have been affected by the rains since the summer, according to the United Nations. At least 200 people have been killed, and hundreds of thousands displaced in 17 countries. Link.Uganda is cited as one of the hardest hit with drinking water contamination posting a risk of cholera and more rain expected in the days ahead.
The UN said humanitarian workers are attempting to reach the flooded areas, but it is a struggle, as roads become impassible and more countries are impacted.
Torrential rains between July and August [have] displaced a quarter of a million, the U.N. said.More rain is on the way.
The United Nations, working with Relief Web, has launched an urgent appeal for help here.
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