Niger flood claims 35 lives, leave 26,500 homeless
Published: 12:21 PM, 1 August 2021
Heavy rains lashing arid Niger since June; Photo: Collected
Around 35 people were killed since June due to heavy rains in arid Niger and made more than 26,500 homeless.
Niger’s civil protection agency said this in a statement on Saturday. – reports AFP.
“20 people died in house collapses, 15 drowned and 24 were injured,” the statement said.
A total of 26,532 people had to leave their houses, it said.
The worst-hit regions were Maradi in the southeast with 10 deaths, Agadez in the north with 10 fatalities and the capital Niamey where eight people died.
A total of 2,500 houses were destroyed and some 50 schools, mosques, shops and grain silos were damaged. Over 700 cattle also perished.
The short rainy seasons wreak havoc in the dry Sahel country every year. Last year, floods claimed 73 lives and sparked a humanitarian crisis with 2.2 million people needing assistance, according to the United Nations.