Niger flood death toll up to 42: UN

2018-09-28 06:12


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At least 42 people have died in flooding in Niger since the start of the rainy season in June, most of them in northern desert areas, according to a UN report released on Thursday.

Nearly 205 000 people have been affected by the floods, which have destroyed 16 992 houses, said the report by the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Some 31 130 head of cattle and 7 579 hectares of crops have been lost in the floods as of September 16, the report said.

The UN's last assessment on August 28 reported 36 dead.

The rainy season, which lasts up to three months, is almost over.

The West African's country's capital Niamey was almost completely spared from the floods this year, which some residents put down to the construction of dams that spared thousands of residents from the worst of the River Niger bursting its banks.

Last year, around 20 people died in the capital during the rainy season.

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