Economies of Ebola-hit countries "crippled"

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Market stalls with little farm produce due to restrictions in movement in Ebola-affected Kolahun City, Lofa County, Liberia. Photo: FAO Liberia

The deadly Ebola epidemic continues to "cripple" the economies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone according to a report by the World Bank.

Almost 6000 people have died so far from the disease.

The Bank has revised down its projections for economic growth in the three West African countries as its President, Jim Yong Kim, begins a two-day visit to the region to assess the epidemic's impact.

Growth estimates for 2014 have been revised sharply downward since pre-crisis estimates to 2.2 per cent for Liberia compared to 5.9 per cent before the crisis.

In Guinea economic growth is predicted to be just half a per cent down from 4.5 per cent.

And in Sierra Leone growth is expected to be just 4 per cent, down by almost two-thirds.

All three countries had been growing rapidly in recent years and into the first half of 2014.

Mr Kim said while there are signs of progress, as long as the epidemic continues, the "human and economic impact will only grow more devastating."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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