Four dead and over 20,000 affected by Niger floods

Niger floods kill four and affect more than 20,000 people, UN reports

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

The United Nations (UN) reports that because of Niger floods that plagued the country for weeks, at least four people died and more than 20,000 people have been affected.

The Zinder region is the most affected place by floods, according to available data.

UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the heavy rain destroyed 2,170 homes and flooded nearly 545 hectares of agricultural land of landlocked Western African country Niger.

OCHA also reported that agricultural campaign continues in all parts of the country but there are concerns related to rainfall forecasts.

The number of children at risk of severe acute malnutrition has been revised upwards for the Diffa region, which is the main region that hosts refugees from the Nigerian conflict.

Up to 3,100 people displaced from the living places or have been taken in by host families and some of victims are living in schools, AFP reports citing Niger's emergency civil protection services.

Approximately 800,000 out of 1,4 million food insecure people were planned to get food assistance in June for sub-Saharan country Niger.

Generally Niger climate is very hot and dry mostly in desert area but Niger River region has tropical climate as well.

Authorities of the capital Niamey asked residents who live near Niger River to leave their homes because of the flood threat.

According to the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) anything above the 530 centimeters threshold for water is classified as “alert.” The current level of the water is 580 centimetres, AFP reports.

According to Niger’s government during last year’s floods, 70,000 people had been affected and 38 deaths recorded while 8,100 houses have been destroyed, OCHA reports.

As of Apr. 18, a meningitis outbreak had affected all regions except Diffa, with 905 cases recorded since the beginning of the year and a fatality rate of 9,39 per cent.

As for cholera, UNICEF reported 2,059 cases by the end of 2014 and 51 cases in first 10 weeks in 2015, including 4 deaths.


TRTWorld and agencies