Floods Kill 13, Injure 19 In Burkina Faso

Floods from heavy rainfall have killed no fewer than 13 people in Burkina Faso, prompting the government to declare a state of natural disaster.

The minister of culture, arts and tourism, Abdoul Karim Sango, told a press conference that the floods destroyed many houses and affected many people.

He, however, did not give further details.

Nineteen people were reportedly injured in the floods.

The floods was said to have cut off Marabagasso from the city of Bobo Dioulasso after it swept away a makeshift bridge.

Sango said that the country’s Finance Ministry will allocate $9.1m to help the flood victims, adding that the Ministry of Territorial Administration has been instructed to house those affected in public buildings.

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Meanwhile, thousands of people have been affected by floods, which homes and wide areas of crops in West Africa. In Nigeria, 30 people are thought to have died in states of Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi and Sokoto, northern Nigeria.

Over 40 people have died in flooding in Niger, where flooding along the Niger River has inundated parts of the capital, Niamey. According to Niger’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, as of 24 August, 226,563 people from 24,259 households were affected and 19,234 houses destroyed.

In Cameroon, heavy rainfall at the end of July caused rivers to overflow in Cameroon’s Far North, affecting over 5,000 people.

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Mali has also seen severe flooding that began in July. By early August, more than 13,200 people, including 5,400 internally displaced persons, were affected by floods in the country. The worst affected regions are Gao, Mopti, Ségou and Sikasso. A total of 1,160 homes have been destroyed.

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