Africa flooding ‘will only get worse’

Action must be taken to protect the lives of millions in Africa as the continent is gripped by a worrying rise in the number of flood emergencies, the Red Cross said on Friday.

Over the past few years, the number of emergencies that National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have responded to has risen steeply, the international humanitarian movement said.

Between 2004 and 2006, the number of floods operations in Africa jumped from just five in 2004 to 32 in 2006. By mid September 2007, the number already stood at 42.

No one can say that these specific floods are directly related to climate change. But they are "consistent with the predictions of climate change analysts," the report said, adding that experts believe global warming will raise flood risks in Africa significantly.

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