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Since 2016, two or three times a year, the ocean has swelled and knocked another row of houses off the coast.It covers residents within 20 meters of the waterline on a 3.5 km stretch of shore, said the deputy mayor.About 105 million people live in West Africa's coastal areas, which generate 56 percent of the region's gross domestic product, according to the World Bank.Saint-Louis has identified a few potential plots where the 10,000 people at risk or already displaced could move, and is negotiating with neighboring communes for the land, said Ousmane Sow, director of the regional development agency.In the best-case scenario, houses could be built and people relocated within two years, he said.One potential relocation site is close to Saint-Louis, but the city may not be able to seal a deal for the land, he said.It is close to the sea, so fisherman would not have to travel too far.
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