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Floods in western Africa: health relief arrives

A WHO representative and a local official in Ghana discuss flood effects.
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Ghana: threat of a food shortage

In northern Ghana, Dr Joaquim Saweka (left), the WHO country representative, discusses the flood's effects with the district chief executive Wahab Suhuyini. Many subsistence farmers lost most of their crops.

Vast areas of farmland were flooded as planting was under way, and there could be serious food shortages around March of 2008, according to the country's director of health services for the region, Dr Faried.

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