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Dozens Die, Thousands Displaced in Niger Floods

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  • 2012 Aug 23
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For more than a month, residents in Niger have suffered deadly flooding, and officials don't expect much relief in coming days, CBN News reports. At least 31 people have died and around 100,000 others have been left homeless as a result of the floods. The Federal Ministry of Environment predicted heavy downpour for 23 states through August 27 and warned that continued flooding is likely. "Floods are affecting all regions of the country," said Modibo Traore, head of the Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs. Niger president Mahamadou Issou said $1.1 million in aid would be set aside, but admitted it wouldn't be enough; OCHA also warned the flooding would have a "negative effect on the food situation" already impacting residents. CBN Afrique is among ministries preparing to send funds for flood relief to the central African nation.