A number of areas of the Niger capital Niamey remained underwater on Thursday because the death toll in latest floods which have displaced over 225,000 individuals rose to 45, authorities mentioned.
Round 25,000 households had been hit by the floods, an announcement by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Catastrophe Administration mentioned.
In Niamey, the place some areas have been submerged since Tuesday after heavy rainfall-induced the Niger river to breach its banks, the river rose once more by a number of centimetres after additional heavy rains on Wednesday, an AFP journalist mentioned.
Dozens of residents fled their houses earlier on Thursday, wading or swimming by flooded streets.
Groups of firefighters took to canoes to assist victims.
“Till now we have been in a dry place, then heavy rains got here on Wednesday night time and made the waters rise which took us unexpectedly as we slept,” mentioned Moussa Amadou, a resident of Kirkissoye, one of many worst-hit neighbourhoods.
Niger, one of many world’s driest in addition to poorest international locations, typically experiences intense wet seasons, which generally final two or there months.
The authorities introduced in July that greater than 300,000 individuals have been in danger from flooding by the Niger River and rainwater runoff since heavy rains started in June.
In 2019, floods killed 32 individuals.