Floods in Niger

Floods in Niger
Floods in Niger

Floods in Niger killed 19 people and affected 50,000.

Since June this year, 19 people have died and more than 50,000 have been affected by flooding in Niger.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has reported that large-scale floods caused by heavy rains have affected areas of Niger and neighboring Mali since late June.

As of July 30, 9 people have died, 20,174 have been injured and 2,244 homes have been destroyed. The districts of Maradi and Tahua were most severely affected, with 13,667 and 4,173 people affected, respectively.

The flooding continued, especially after a period of heavy rains in early August. In the capital Niamey, 67 mm of precipitation was recorded in the 24 hours before August 7. As of August 8, the height of the Niger River in the city was 5.8 meters, approaching the orange alert level (level 3 of 4).

On 7 August, the Niger government said the death toll had risen to 19, with 35 injured since the rainy season began in June.

A total of 53,202 people were affected in 146 villages in more than 50 municipalities. The regions of Dosso, Maradi, Tahua and Tillaberi were most affected.

The flooding also damaged schools, crops and killed hundreds of livestock. Media reported that 5,130 houses were destroyed.

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