Floods in Niger

Floods caused by three months of heavy rains in Niger have claimed the lives of at least 54 people. Their homes as a result of the disaster were forced to leave about 200 thousand people.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the majority of deaths have been reported in the capital Niamey, where more than 11,000 houses were destroyed.

The city of Doso in the south-east of the country, Tillaberi in the west and the central-southern districts of Maradi and Zinder were also severely affected by the weather. Restoration after catastrophic rains promises to be long.

Floods have led to the death of about 16 thousand head of cattle and about 12 thousand hectares of crops, the UN said.

Niger, a population of 17 million people, regularly faces food shortages caused by drought, as well as severe floods.