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Côte d’Ivoire | Weeks-long flood inundates the French Quarter of Grand-Bassam WH site

From late September until the beginning of November, unprecedented floods swallowed the streets and homes of the Quartier France of Grand-Bassam, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The main roads that taxis have plied for decades suddenly became impassable unless by canoes.  Numerous historic sites were severely damaged.

Coastal erosion is a growing problem for West African nations. The region is losing more than $3.8 billion a year to coastal erosion, according to a recent World Bank study. Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) is the worst-hit country and has lost $2 billion to the rising sea levels, nearly 5% of its GDP.

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