20 dead, 48 000 homeless in Niger floods
29 August 2013, 10:22
Niamey - Severe flooding since the start of August in
drought-prone Niger has killed at least 20 people and left around 48 000
homeless, the United Nations and local media reports said Wednesday.
The central Maradi region is the hardest-hit, with nine
deaths and 19 425 people displaced, said the UN, while four have been killed in
the northern desert region of Agadez where rainfall has been unprecedented.
The majority of people left homeless by the floods have
found shelter in local schools.
The UN has warned that farmland in the west African nation
is now threatened by a "massive" invasion of locusts as a result of