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Thousands in Africa wait for aid amid catastrophic floods

KAMPALA (AFP) - African nations that bore the brunt of the continent's worst floods in three decades face a new epidemic threat and on Friday stepped up appeals for international help.

At least 300 people in 20 countries have died in floods over the past two months, according to figures from governments, hospitals and humanitarian sources compiled by AFP.

As the extent of the damage begins to emerge epidemic warnings are growing. Image Above: Two men wade through water covering a road in Teso, the north-eastern region of Uganda 24 September 2007.

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African Flood Losses Getting Worse -- "It's consistent with predictions of Global Warming" The American Red Cross

The Red Cross said Friday that it had observed a "worrying" eightfold
increase since 2004 in the number of African flood disasters it has to
deal with.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
said the number of floods in Africa where the movement provided relief
aid jumped from five in 2004 to 32 in 2006.

By mid September, with widespread flooding stretching across more than
20 countries from west to east Africa, the number of floods on the
continent that mobilised Red Cross aid so far this year stood at 42.

"While the figures only cover those flooding situations that the Red
Cross and Red Crescent responded to, they still make worrying
reading," Federation acting policy director Encho Gospodinov said.

The floods are consistent with predictions of climate change,
according to Gospdinov, raising the risk of both drought and flooding
in different parts of Africa.

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