The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warns that 180,000 people across Niger could be affected by severe flooding during this year's rainy season, which runs from June to September. In preparation, the Nigerien government has announced the completion of several dikes in its capital, Niamey, that is estimated to protect 30,000 people from the flooding of the Niger River.
Flooding is common in Niger, particularly during the rainy season. In 2017, at least 56 people nationwide died in flooding that affected more than 206,000 people. Niamey was the hardest-hit area last year, with the UN reporting over 11,000 homes destroyed in the capital.
Those traveling in Niger should take note of road conditions and weather forecasts to avoid flash floods and the risk of being stranded. Adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities, including possible evacuation orders. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult. Finally, because floodwater may also contain wastewater or chemical products, wear boots and try to avoid any contact with the water; all items that have come into contact with the water should be washed and disinfected and any foodstuffs discarded.
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