Natural disasters | Nearly 200 people have died in floods in Niger

The floods have damaged homes, hospitals, schools and grain stores.

Heavy rains the ensuing floods have killed 192 people in west africa’s niger during this year’s rainy season, the country’s officials said on thursday. The number is one of the largest in history.

This is reported by the news agency AFP.

According to the authorities, the floods have destroyed more than 30,000 homes. In addition, they have damaged other buildings such as hospitals, schools and grain warehouses.

The floods have affected the lives of more than 260,000 people. The southern and western parts of Niger have been worst affected.

of Niger the rainy season typically lasts from June to September and claims the lives of many people every year. However, this year’s figure is significantly higher than in previous years. In 2021, 70 people died in floods, and in 2020, 73.

AFP reports that according to the head of Niger’s National Meteorological Department, this year’s rains correspond to predictions made about the effects of climate change.

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According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) poverty index, Niger is the poorest country in the world.

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