Monday, August 16, 2010

Two die as floods hit drought-stricken Niger

Terra Daily via Agence France-Presse: Two children were killed after heavy rains in drought-stricken Niger left nearly 70,000 people homeless, UN sources and state television said Saturday. The children died Friday in the central southern region of Maradi when a wall of their home in the town of Tessaoua collapsed, the television reported.

The deaths brought to six the number of people killed since the end of July as a result of severe rains and the worst flooding of the Niger river for more than 80 years. United Nations agencies said that between August 9 and 12 a total of 67,818 people had lost their homes in Maradi, the capital Niamey, Zinder and Diffa regions in the east, Tahoua and Tilleberi in the west and even Agadez in the northern desert….

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