Posted by: JWP | 10/21/2009

Revenge of the Rivers

A summer of severe storms has left much of the world underwater

Summer of floods: Over the last few months, a remarkable convergence of heavy rains has plagued the Earth from Istanbul to the Ivory Coast, causing treacherous floods and leaving many people without homes. Storms, as seen here in West Africa, began in June and led to massive flooding across the region. According to the United Nations, more than 159 people in West Africa have been killed by flooding and resulting mudslides, with those living in slums particularly at risk. An estimated 600,000 people across the region had homes damaged, with many left homeless. Above, people walk through a flooded courtyard in the Adjouffou shanty area of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on June 24. MORE


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