Originally posted on Caritas Internationalis:
Niger is on alert as flood water continue to rise.
The level of the Niger River has continued to rise from 506 cm on 22 November to 530 cm today and is expected to reach 580 cm within 10 days.
This will cause the flooding of 400 hectares, according to the government, including 40 hecatres in the capital Niamey. “We will be inundated” as of December 5, Niamey governor Aichatou Kane Boulama told a press briefing.
Previous floods in August and September claimed almost 70 lives across the impoverished West African country and made tens of thousands homeless.
The third-longest river in Africa, the Niger has a basin of more than two million square kilometres (772,000 square miles), which is home to more than 100 million people, from Nigeria to Guinea.
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