Food shortages remain in Sahel from floods: monitoring group

Other News Materials 7 October 2007 02:23 (UTC +04:00)

( AFP ) - Food shortages remain in some areas of western Africa and the Sahel countries such as Mauritania, while the region continues to be affected by floods, a regional food monitoring group said Saturday.

"In Mauritania for example, several sources... estimate that around 400,000 people are living in a food scarcity situation, of which 170,000 are at extreme risk," the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel said in a statement.

"After a late start to the farming season in mid-July and marked by irregular rainfall, the region has seen heavy rains during the period of August-September," the committee said.

More than 92,000 people in 12 out of 13 regions have been affected by the floods in Burkina Faso alone, according to new numbers released by the Burkinabe Ministry for Social Action on Saturday.