Death Toll From Floods In Nigeria Hits 95

No fewer than 95 people have died from floods in Nigeria, reports from the West African country have said.

Sixteen more people were killed in floods caused by heavy rains in 19 regions of Jigawa state, Alhaji Yusuf Sani Babura, executive secretary of the Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), told reporters.

Thousands of people have become homeless and tens of thousands of hectares of cultivated land have been submerged.

The rainy season runs from June to September in West Africa.

Other countries in the region such as Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal also experienced flooding this year.

In neighbouring Niger Republic, flooding has killed over 65 people and led to the displacement of more than 330,000 from their homes.

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Heavy rain in Niger’s western region caused the Niger River to overflow, practically shutting down the capital, Niamey.

Mud huts along the river have collapsed and rice fields are submerged.

The worst-affected regions are Maradi in the central south of the country, Tahoua and Tillaberi in the west, and Dosso in the southwest.

At least 10 of the deaths were in the capital Niamey, where the rain caused the Niger river to breach its banks, municipal authorities said.

Niger is one of the world’s driest countries and frequently suffers from spells of drought.

But it also experiences months-long rainy seasons that have in recent years become more severe, consistent with forecasts about climate change.

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Flooding last year claimed 57 lives and affected 226,000 people nationwide.

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