Niger – Flooding Reported in All Regions, Over 60 Dead and 100,000 Affected

Civil Protection Authorities in Niger report that flooding has affected over 100,000 people across all regions of the country since the start of the rainy season in June this year. As of 23 August, over 60 people had died as a result. The United Nations also reported a widespread outbreak of cholera in the country.

Floods in Tahoua, Niger, August 2021. Photo: Ministry of Humanitarian Action Tahoua

Civil Protection in Niger reported flooding in 413 villages across 77 communes in all 8 regions: Agadez, Diffa, Dosso, Maradi, Niamey, Tahoua, Tillabéri and Zinder.

Thousands of homes have been destroyed, mostly in Maradi Region (3,243), Zinder Region (2,354) Tahoua Region (1,040) and the capital region of Niamey (741).

As of 23 August, 62 people had died either from drowning in flood water or from collapsing buildings. A total of 18 fatalities were reported in Maradi Region, the worst affected, and 16 in Niamey. Eight people were swept away by flash floods that struck the city of Agadez on 09 August.


The United Nations reported outbreaks of cholera in several regions of the country in August. As of 23 August there were 1,770 cases of cholera and 68 deaths. Only the regions of Agadez and Diffa were unaffected.