Cholera Outbreak in Niger

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More than 1,400 cholera cases and 53 deaths have been registered in Niger since the beginning of this year, according to Government figures.

Almost half of the cases were declared in September, just weeks after severe flooding affected many parts of the country.

Over 36,000 people were made homeless in the floods. Twelve people lost their lives. Areas worst affected by the floods were central and western regions of the country.

Of the recent rise on cholera cases, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said last week that “The Ministry of Public Health, supported by humanitarian partners, is providing assistance in affected areas as well as to communities at risk.”

“The (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the situation in the southeastern region of Diffa is particularly concerning, mostly due to limited access to water, inappropriate hygiene practices and increase in refugees arriving from Nigeria, where there has been a cholera outbreak,”

Niger often experiences severe flooding during August and September. In the 2013 floods, 230,000 people were displaced and 32 people killed. The floods, which followed a period of drought, raised fears of a food shortage in the country.

Floods in Niger. Photo: Oxfam International
Floods in Niger. Photo: Oxfam International