28th August 2020
Wide areas of Niamey, the capital of Niger, are under water after the Niger river broke its banks on 23 August 2020.
Levels of the Niger River have been high for some time. On 08 August, levels in the city stood at 5.8 metres, approaching Orange alert level (level 3 of 4).
Since then levels have increased by almost 1 metre and as of 26 August, stood at 6.68 metres, with flooding reported in southern parts of the city and also in Kirkissoye district. Reports said some areas were under 1.5 metres of water.
The death toll in recent floods that have displaced over 225,000 people rose to 45, authorities said. According to a statement by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, around 25,000 households had been hit by the floods.
Niger, one of the world's driest as well as poorest countries, often experiences intense rainy seasons, which typically last two or there months.
The authorities announced in July that more than 300,000 people were at risk from flooding by the Niger River and from rainwater runoff since heavy rains began in June.
In 2019, floods killed 32 people.