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Cameroon: Floods are disrupting cross-border trade with Nigeria

Cameroonian authorities say record flooding on its western border with Nigeria has destroyed thousands of tons of food meant for export. Nigerian trader Paul Okafor, a who buys palm oil and vegetables from Widikum to sell in his country, says floods and landslides have blocked him in Widikum for five days. No vehicles have been able to leave or enter because flood waters have covered roads and landslides are pulling down hills on roadsides.

Okafor said the vegetables and tomatoes he bought are beginning to rot, and Widikum vegetable farmers are complaining that their harvest is decaying.

Andoh Stanilos, the mayor of Widikum district, said floods that triggered landslides killed six people, left hundreds homeless, and destroyed homes and warehouses.


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