Rising sea levels have destroyed hundreds of homes, hotels, roads and harvests, and threaten to engulf large areas of Cotonou, Benin’s capital. A government-commissioned study about a year ago recommended urgent action to hold back the rising tides, and save the city’s ports, airport, and coastal communities, but political infighting has blocked funding. Vacation homes and government buildings dot Benin’s 125-km coastline, but most of the 100,000 people in east Cotonou – the most vulnerable to sea damage from coastal erosion – can ill-afford the advancing sea. (IRIN)

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