Niger is struggling with floods again


After Sierra Leone, Niger is counting its flood victims as torrential rainfalls have plagued the country since June. At least 44 people have died from the floods according to the most recent government announcement; Dosso and Maradi are the two most affected regions. According to an UNOCHA situation report on 30 August, the floods have affected more than 80 000 people, destroyed 4 900 houses and 900 hectares of crops and caused substantial material damage. The situation is, however, slightly better than in 2016. Niger is regularly a victim of floods; in urban settings, they are especially dangerous due to collapsed houses and inadequate water evacuation infrastructure.