Thousands urged to evacuate Niger capital after rains

Niger Floods ( Photo Courtesy : Reuters)
Authorities in Niger are urging thousands of residents to evacuate their homes which are under threat by heavy rains over Niamey. Floods have killed 16 people in the capital since June 2017.
 
In a televised address to the nation, The governor of Niamey region, Soumana Ali Zataoua said “I am calling on all residents to evacuate the flood zones and immediately leave homes that are close to collapsing” .
 
A father and son, were killed Saturday when a wall collapsed, according to TV reports, after more than 100mm of rain fell in just a few hours in the capital.
 
Many of the homes at risk are located in the bed of the Gountou-Yena river, which is now once again filling with water, said Abdoulaye Bako, head of the national civil protection agency.
 
“Several neighbourhoods are being seriously threatened,” he said.
 
In Gabagoura, a village to the west of Niamey, more than 300 homes have been destroyed and several people wounded, said village chief Amadou Souley.