COTONOU, Benin — The U.N. says flooding in Benin has affected more than half a million people, destroyed more than 300,000 acres of crops and killed 81,000 livestock.
A statement released Monday by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says flood waters have affected at least 680,000 people in the West African nation. A World Food Program spokesman warned that food has become a critical issue in the region.
Aid workers also fear an outbreak of cholera, a bacterial infection spread through contaminated water.
Flooding began in mid-September when heavy rains caused the Niger River in Benin's north to overflow. Rainfall continues across the country.
Heavy rains and the breakage of a dam in nearby Ghana have displaced more than 700,000 people.
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