Niger: Thousands of homes destroyed by floods, more than 60 dead

Torrential rains and floods that have hit Niger since the start of the rainy season in June have affected more than 100,000 people, destroyed thousands of homes, and killed more than 60 people. In addition, a cholera outbreak followed the floods, killing 68 more people.

The Republic of the Niger is a landlocked state in West Africa. The capital is the city of Niamey.

According to the country’s civil defense agency, floods affected 413 villages in 77 communes in all 8 regions – Agadez, Diffa, Dosso, Maradi, Niamey, Tahua, Tillaberi and Zinder1.

The most affected regions were Maradi – 3,243 destroyed houses, Zinder – 2,354, Tahua – 1,040 and the Niamey metropolitan area – 714 destroyed houses.

According to the UN, a cholera outbreak swept through several regions of the country following the floods.

As of August 23, there were 1,770 cases in the Agadez and Diffa regions and another 68 deaths from the disease.

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