As a result of intense rainfall, flooding in Niger has led to the loss of 27 lives and has impacted over 70,000 individuals since July, authorities reported on Saturday.
The period of rainfall from June to September frequently triggers fatal floods in the predominantly arid West African country, including its dry northern areas.
As of August 18th, the floods have resulted in 27 fatalities, 30 injuries, and have impacted 71,136 individuals, as reported by the Ministry of Humanitarian Action.
The areas most severely affected were Maradi, Zinder, and Tahoua, with 6,530 homes collapsing, as indicated by the ministry.
For the time being, the capital Niamey, which is inhabited by two million people and often experiences fatal floods, has been fortunate to avoid such incidents.
The previous year’s rainy season resulted in 195 fatalities and had an impact on 400,000 individuals.
According to Niger’s meteorological services, the rainfall is attributed to the ongoing climate change that has affected the nation over the past several years.