Niger floods: Nine children killed as homes collapse

At least nine children are reported to have died as houses in Niger’s capital, Niamey, collapsed following heavy rain.

The rain has caused floods and extensive damage, including to one of the main markets in the city centre.

Homes collapsed in several parts of the city, trapping or killing those inside, AFP reported Zourkaleini Maiga, secretary general of the local authority, as saying.

Last month, the UN warned that 106,000 people in Niger were at risk of floods.

One woman told local television that three of her four children had died while sheltering from the rain by the wall of a neighbour’s house.

 

BBC

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