Over 500,000 people affected by floods in Niger

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Carrying personal belonging away from flooded areas in Niamey anyway they can.

More than half a million people in Niger have been affected by flooding in which at least 81 people have died, says the United Nations relief agency (OCHA).

According to OCHA, this is an increase from the 485,000 people which the authorities of Niger estimated to have been affected in the first week of September.

OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke says homes have been swept away in the continuing flooding in Niger.

"More than 527,000 people are affected, 81 have lost their lives. The Tillabery region in the south west is where most people were suffering, nearly 180,000 people. The sub-district called Dosso which is in Tillabery has seen 40 per cent of its houses and huts disappear in flash floods. Thousands of people have sought refuge in school buildings close to their flooded homes."

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UN agencies and their partners, including Niger's Red Cross are responding with food, shelter material, blankets, mosquito nets and other non-food items.

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