The United Nations is urgently seeking help for residents of 17 African countries devastated by floods.
The floods have left hundreds of thousands of people homeless in West, Central and East Africa and in addition to starvation and exposure, officials are now worried about water-borne diseases, the BBC reported Sunday.
Entire villages have been washed away by torrential rains along with crops critical to the world's most impoverished nations, U.N. spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said.
"The rains are set to continue and we are really concerned because a lot of people are homeless and infectious diseases could emerge," she said. "Some of the poorest countries, like Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger -- the poorest nation in the world -- are badly affected."
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