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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Niger rains kill more than 40 in and around capital

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed after torrential rain hit the country's capital and its surrounding areas

At least 44 people have died after torrential rain caused mass flooding in Niger’s capital and other parts of the West African country, its government confirmed.

Director General of Civil Protection and Disasters Col. Aboubacar Bako said on Tuesday that hundreds of homes were destroyed in rains just outside Niamey on Monday. He says the downpours began on Saturday in the capital and surrounding areas.

Saley Abdouhe, the head of Gabougoura village, has appealed to residents in at-risk areas to evacuate and take shelter in schools. He says the main cause of flooding is the obstruction of drainage channels.

Some neighborhoods have dug ravines to ease the damage.

The government is providing emergency food assistance, and aid organisations are providing shelter and other immediate help.