- Niger's Prime Minister said that the flooding should not have occurred because the rehabilitation work on the river dike had been completed just before the rains.
- Niger is prone to floods, Ironically it is one of the driest countries in the world.
- Militants continue to lodge numerous attacks.
At least 45 people have been killed by floods in Niger after heavy rains pounded the country. The heavy rains that lasted days in the western part of the country caused Niger River in Kirkissoye district to overflow making the capital, Niamey inaccessible. The floods have left a trail of damage, it is alleged that the flood waters submerged and also made mud houses collapse.
According to authorities, more than 220 people have also been displaced from their homes due to the floods. The rains began on Monday and it is believed that around 25,800 homes have been affected by the flood waters.
The country’s Prime Minister Brigi Rafini was infuriated after visited families an the affected areas. Prime Minister Rafini said that the flooding should not have occurred because the rehabilitation work on the river dike had been completed just before the rains.
However, the Premier added safety measures will be put in place in areas that may be affected by the floods so as to protect the citizens. He added that due to the climate change the country is never safe from floods.
People living in areas that are likely to experience flooding have been requested to vacate their homes. In July, it was estimated that around 300,000 people were likely to be affected by floods following the rainy season that started in June. As floods strike the country, the displaced are often forced to seek refuge in makeshift shelters and schools.
The current global pandemic may prove a major challenge. The country has so far recorded 1,175 cases with 69 deaths.
Niger is prone to floods. Ironically, it is one of the driest countries in the world, which often experiences intense rainy seasons. Last year the country was hard hit by floods again, at least 57 people were killed and around 150,000 displaced from their homes.
In August 2018, 19 people were killed by floods and around 65,000 others were displaced. At least 14 people were killed by floods which destroyed hundreds of homes in Tillaberi and Niamey areas in 2017 while in 2016 11 people died and 1,700 homes were destroyed.
The peoples lives are further complicated as the West African country continues to experience attacks from militants. Despite the endless efforts by the country, the militants continue to lodge numerous attacks.
Earlier in the month, 8 people including 6 French aid workers and two Nigerian were killed in an ambush by armed gunmen in Koure reserve. Following the attack, the French government warned its citizens against traveling to the country. The incident saw Niger’s government ban access to the reserve and a state of emergency was also extended to Niamey following the attack.
In January, at least 25 soldiers were killed in an attack at the Chinagodrar base while in December in a deadly attack, 71 soldiers were killed in an ambush at a military base an attack that was claimed by IS affiliate.