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Niger: Floods Kill 91 People, Says Official

October 12, 2012

By The Associated Press

NIAMEY, Niger - A top official in Niger said the country's recent floods have killed 91 people and caused significant damage.

The director of the cabinet, Aghaly Abdoulkader, said all eight regions of the country are affected by the floods, including the large regions of Tillabery, Dosso and Niamey. The floods have damaged fields, rice paddies, water points, schools, health centers, roads, bridges and dams, he said. In addition large quantities of food have been destroyed and many cattle have washed away.

Twelve irrigation schemes in the Niger River valley, totaling 3,050 hectares (7,536 acres) were completely flooded after a major river surge recently.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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