52 people dead after rains flood Niger

2012-08-31 22:03

Niamey - Emergency officials in Niger say that 52 people have died after heavy rains caused rivers to overflow and buildings to crumble.

Colonel Mahamane Laminou Moussa, the director general of the country's fire brigade service, said not a single neighbourhood of the capital, Niamey, was spared. He said that on the night of 20 August, 119mm fell in the capital, pushing water under people's doors and causing rivers to rise to the highest levels since 1929.

In the capital, around 400 000 people are living in emergency shelters in schools and mosques.

In the northern province of Agadez, 81 villages have been flooded, leaving 44 600 people homeless. In Dosso district, 14 588 houses were destroyed. In Tillabery region, nearly 1 500 acres of rice fields were flooded.