Deadly floods affect more than 300,000 people in Niger

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Villagers flee from flooded houses to higher ground, in Imbelbellou, Niger

More than 45 people have died in Niger following severe floods which began in July, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) reports.

OCHA says more than 345,000 people across the country have been affected, and that farms, schools and health centres have been destroyed.

The floods come as Niger is going through a major food shortage crisis and a cholera outbreak.

Modibo Traore heads the OCHA Office in Niger.

"There will be a kind of decrease in food production because many farms have been lost totally. They have lost all their harvest. And in terms of rice production, there will also be an impact."

According to Traore, immediate needs include shelter, health care, water and non-food items such as blankets and cooking sets.

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