At least 45 killed by floods in Niger, more than 226,000 displaced

The heavy rains in Niger have wreaked havoc in the region by claiming at least 45 lives this week and with more than 226,000 displaced from their homes, said the officials in the West African nation on August 28.

With the heavy rains that caused the Niger River to overflow, Niger’s western region has been hardest hit, essentially shutting down the capital, Niamey. Along the river in the Kirkissoye district, dozens of mud homes have collapsed while the rice fields are submerged.

Outraged with the situation, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini, who visited the affected neighbourhoods and families, said, “This situation is difficult” and should not have taken place in view of the river dyke rehabilitation work carried out just before the rainy season.

Meanwhile, the government has launched an emergency appeal for people in flood-prone areas to abandon their homes while additional efforts will be made to protect the threatened areas.

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