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UN: Recent Flooding Affects 130,000 in West Africa

The United Nations says recent flooding in West Africa has affected more than 130,000 people.

A statement from the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the worst-affected countries are Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso. Gambia, Senegal, Liberia and Niger are also feeling the effects of torrential rains that began in July.

Mauritania has requested international assistance, while Mali and Niger have appealed for help from local U.N. teams.

Nearly 18,000 people are homeless in Mali and approximately 17,000 in Liberia's capital, Monrovia.

In addition to flooding from rain, the United Nations says ocean waves slammed coastline communities in Liberia and Ivory Coast, sweeping away the homes of several hundred families in each country.

The U.N. says the governments of the eight countries affected are providing assistance to the victims in collaboration with humanitarian organizations.