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Flooding in Benin city claims 43 lives

Flooding in Benin city has led to the deaths of at least 43 people and left about 98,000 people homeless.

Nearly 360,000 people have been affected by the rains and floods, the United Nations said Monday. A cholera outbreak in Cotonou, a coastal city about 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Lagos, Nigeria, has struck about 800 people and left seven dead.

The United Nations central emergency fund is requesting just over $8 million, to help the citizens and government of Benin deal with the rains and flooding.