Flooding in Niger Continues

While the flash floods have been causing chaos in the Mali capital of Bamako on the Niger river, flooding has continued in the neighbouring country of Niger.

Last week FloodList reported that 2,000 people had been made homeless and 8 people killed as a result of the recent floods in Niger. The worst hit areas then were Maradi, Zinder and Agadez.

The heavy rainfall has continued non-stop for almost two weeks, with floods now widespread across the country. Brigi Rafini, the Prime Minister, called upon aid agencies, the UN and various NGOs and embassies for their support in helping with the flood situation.

Reports claim that at least 12 and as many as 20 people are now believed to have been killed in the recent flooding. Nearly 50,000 people are thought to have been made homeless. Some of those left without shelter have had to sleep in local schools. The government is trying to accommodate other families but has also encouraging people to host any neighbours who have lost their homes in the floods.

Farming and livestock have also been hit, and over 2,000 hectares of crops are thought to have been destroyed. As mentioned in our earlier report,  flooding in this area on this scale often leads to the possibility of locust plague. There is a threat of food scarcities and the Niger government is planning to provide both food and non-food items.

Niger’s central region of Maradi continues to be the worst affected. There have been 9 flood-related deaths there and nearly 20,000 people displaced. Unusually the northern desert region of Agadez continues to see heavy rainfall. Four people have been killed in flood-related incidents since the start of the heavy rain.

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Source: ReliefWeb