Heavy rain in Niger state inundated Rafin-Gora village (Kontagora local government area) on the evening (local time) of Monday, July 2, leaving at least eight people dead. Search and rescue operations were ongoing as of Monday to locate missing bodies. Lingering transportation disruptions are possible in the affected area in the coming hours and days.
Individuals present in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of the situation, avoid areas directly hit by flooding, prepare for lingering traffic disruptions, and adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities or their home governments. 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 - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded. Be aware that the risk of contracting water- and mosquito-borne diseases tends to rise after periods of heavy rain.
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