According to the UN, at least 45 people were killed by flooding in the country between June and September. In addition, at least 209,000 people have been displaced, mainly in the Dosso, Maradi, Agadez, Zinder, and Diffa regions. According to the UN, nearly 17,400 homes and 8000 hectares (19,000 acres) of agricultural land have been destroyed. However, conditions should begin to improve in the coming days as the dry season gets underway.
Torrential downpours are a frequent occurrence during Niger's rainy season - which typically lasts from May through September - and often lead to significant flooding and traffic disruptions. Inadequate construction standards leave occupants at risk from collapsing buildings.
Individuals present in Niamey are advised to follow all instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. possible evacuation orders), allow additional time for travel in flood-hit areas, and monitor the situation via local media and weather reporting outlets. Be advised that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock an adult over.
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