55 people killed in floods in Niger, 53,000 left homeless

Several countries in West and Central Africa have experienced severe flooding over the past week. Heavy rains in Niger have killed at least 55 people and left 53,000 homeless.

The hardest hit regions are Maradi in the southeast, Agadez in the northern part of the desert and the capital Niamey.

Just this week, residents of several neighborhoods in the commercial capital of Douala, Cameroon, were surrounded by waist-deep floodwaters. This happened after torrential rains that hit the city for 24 hours.

It was one of the worst floods the city had experienced in years. The flooding left hundreds of homes under water and blocked major roads, causing huge traffic jams.

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