At least 12 people have been killed and more than 36,000
made homeless in Niger due to flooding caused by heavy seasonal
rainfall, the government said.
Floods are an annually recurring problem in the West African
country during the rainy season when overflowing streams and
rivers sweep away homes and destroy crops, leaving victims
without shelter and creating food shortages later on.
"Heavy precipitation recorded in six regions caused flooding
and serious damage," the office of Niger's prime minister
said in a statement late on Friday. "Evaluations by the civil
protection services uncovered 12 deaths."
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(OCHA), citing government figures, said that 36,441 people
had lost their homes in the floods as of Aug. 21.
"The rains are continuing and the damage could require the
deployment of more means in terms of emergency food and
non-food assistance and tents," OCHA said in a statement.
Largely desert Niger, one of Africa's newest oil producers a
leading producer of uranium, remains one of the world's least